The internet can be a wealth of knowledge for kids.
It can be used for school work, for curious minds to find answers
and now, more than ever, as a way to connect with friends.
While it can be fun, the internet can also be dangerous so it
is important to talk to your child about safe internet habits.
Your child should never, under any circumstances
exchange any personal information with someone they
meet online. Keeping the computer in a common
area is an easy way to help monitor what your child is
searching. Phones and tablets should also be used in a
common area. Sit with your child and teach them about
appropriate sites and behavior. Creating bookmarks of
your child’s favorite sites is a great way to help them
navigate to safe sites. Monitor phone and credit card
bills for any unusual charges.
Some common signs that your child may be targeted
by an online predator is more time spent online, phone
calls, withdraw from family life and your child hiding
the phone or turning the computer off when you walk
into a room. Talk with your child about speaking up if
someone makes them feel uncomfortable and remind
them that people will often lie to obtain personal information.
They need to understand why it is important to
never give out personal information to strangers such as
addresses and passwords.
There are online tools for caregivers to set up alerts,
parent control options and block certain sites. By taking
a few simple steps, you can ensure your child uses the
internet for safe fun, entertainment and to connect with
family and friends.