Internet Safety Advice for Parents
It is important to keep your children safe online. eSafety have provided this Internet Safety Advice for parents – 10 tips to help you on your way:
1) Educate yourself about online safety issues.
Banning a child from certain sites may only motivate them to spend more time on them, whereas educating your children on how to keep safe will give them the tools they need to navigate their online world without being hurt. If you are aware of the dangers and how to stay safe, you can set an example to your child.
2) Keep personal information private.
Teach your children not to give out their names, addresses, phone numbers, schools, passwords, or other personal information online. Most online safety behaviours are mirrored in the real world. It is important for your children to understand how important it is to treat their online interactions the same as they would with new people they meet in the real world.
3) Get software help
Family safety software is becoming extremely easy and effective to use in filtering dangerous content. Additionally, this software usually comes with tools like time management, remote monitoring and reporting, making the internet a safer place for your children. However, this doesn’t replace the need to be involved in your children’s online world. You should get to know your children’s online friends the same way you would their new friends in the real world!
4) Know the dangers associated with sites your children frequent.
Whether it’s Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook or other social networking sites, by being aware of the potential pitfalls of the different sites and educating your children you can help them have a safer internet experience.
5) Set boundaries with your children
Let your children know that if they find themselves confronted with something that makes them feel uncomfortable such as cyberbullying or graphic content they should switch off the monitor and come and tell you about it Immediately. It is so important to have this conversation with your children. In the absence of this conversation, your children may be afraid to tell you about incidents that have happened because they fear the consequences. Have this conversation with your children as soon as possible and remind them what they should do if anything bad happens online.
6) Time Management
Set out ground rules of what times your children can use the internet (i.e when you are there) and for how long for.
7) Online code of conduct contract
Giving your children specific guidelines to follow will ensure they know where they stand when it comes to how they use the Internet as well as the consequences when they breach the rules. If a parent enforces consequences consistently, their children will be more likely to follow the rules.
8) Computers in public rooms
With PCs in the open, children will be less inclined to view and access material that may not be acceptable or spend long amounts of time online.
9) Open communications
Open communication and trust is extremely valuable. By letting children know what is expected from them and that their safety is the main focus for the rules and restrictions, they will feel that if something goes wrong they can approach you to resolve the issue without feeling they are in trouble or will lose all access to the internet.
10) Get to know your children’s online friends
Spend time getting to know who your children are hanging out with online just like you would if they were in person.
This is just a brief guide to Internet Safety advice for parents. In our seminars we cover a range of topics from cyberbullying to smart phones: