Safety Tips for Kids Online

School holidays, weekends and free time can become potential for trouble for your kids when it comes to screen time on the internet and social media.

Not all kids will end up on dangerous sites but when there is free time to “surf the net there” is no guarantee they are always safe from the dangers of the Internet.

So what are the solutions to protect our kids and family from online dangers:

Safety Tips for Kids Online #1

  • Get some filtering software first.

Safety Tips for Kids Online #2

  • Set Boundaries. Limit your kid’s time online, sit down and talk as a family what is acceptable time in holiday time for example and stick to it, think about putting together a holiday timetable for your kids to follow.

Safety Tips for Kids Online #3

  • Check the “History” of online viewing. Don’t tell your child you are doing this as they might work out that they can erase it. If your child already knows how to do this or the setting is set to private, casually ask your child about it.

Safety Tips for Kids Online #4

  • Get to know your kids passwords for their devices. Occasionally check your child’s devices and see what sites your child is checking out. If they have a Social Media account tell them they have to “befriend” you or they will not be allowed to have an account, and then check what they are posting or better still ask for their passwords and check their posts that way.

Safety Tips for Kids Online #5

  • Talk about what they need to be away of when on Social Media. ie. “no chatting to strangers as there are perverted people who have an alias as a teenager” etc. This is real and you do not want your child falling prey to such things. Prepare for the worst if things do accidentally pop up on your child’s devices. Sometimes we as adults click on something that looks interesting only to find out it is has nothing to do with what we thought we were supposed to be looking at… warn your child what kind of images they could see and that there are bad things on the internet and talk about what do it if it happens again like, “close the screen as quickly as you can, if you don’t it can lead you down a dark path.”

Safety Tips for Kids Online #6

  • Ask your child to make these commitments:
    • I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents’ work address/telephone number without my parents’ permission.
    • I will tell my parents right away if I come across something that makes me feel uncomfortable.
    •  I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do I will tell my parents right away.

Finally parents, remember limiting is KEY and don’t use your devices as a distraction for your kids when they need calming down or are just bored. Be the example always.

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Raising Healthy Kids Today by Kasey Hannan

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Email: kasey@raisinghealthykidstoday.com
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