You can find just about anything on the internet – really, anything. It’s important to understand that your children, whether you like it or not, will eventually be browsing the internet sooner or later. That’s why it’s become increasingly important to make sure that your children are safe while they surf the web; safe from contact by strangers, safe from appropriate or potentially harmful content, or even safe from cyber attacks and phishing scams.
Here are a few tips to help you increase your children’s online safety:
- Keep your computer in a common area, this way it is easier to monitor your children’s online activity.
- Talk to your kids about what they’re doing while they’re on the computer. Are they working on homework? Or watching videos on YouTube? It’s important to let them know that they should talk to you if they encounter anything that makes them feel uncomfortable.
- Use tools to filter content, control what your family sees on the web, and more:
- Provide your kids with guidelines so they know what type of online activities they are allowed to participate in. As an example, if they are allowed to:
- Sign up for accounts on social media sites
- Buy things online
- Download music, videos, or software
- Participate in online forums or chat rooms
- Use instant messaging
- Make sure you have some type of anti-malware product that can defend against hackers and malicious programs. A lot of these anti-malware products will also come with Parental Control tools as well, so we highly suggest you look into getting one!