When it comes to helping our children stay safe, a new place now exists that didn’t exist when you were a child: the Internet. Not only do you have to worry about children being bullied on the playground, but now you have to worry about your child getting harassed on social media websites, receiving sexts (i.e. sexual text messages) and being sent pictures on their phone that are inappropriate. So how can you protect your child online?
The first way to protect children while they’re surfing online is to use parental filtering programs. These programs are controlled by the parent, with a password protection so that the programs can’t be overridden by your children. This will protect kids from sites such as pornography. It will also protect them from engaging in activities that are for adults-only, such as poker online. These programs are often included in the web browser, though some are very basic. You can also purchase more advanced programs.
Monitoring Online Activity
No program can replace you as a parent. The best thing you can do is monitor your children’s activity online to see what they are up to. This would include viewing history of online activity after your children have been on the computer and if they’re on Facebook, checking to see what they’ve posted. It also helps to have the computer located in a living room or kitchen where activity can easily be monitored.
It may seem like an invasion of privacy to keep such tight tabs on your kids’ activities online, but it’s about protecting your children from predators and others who might hurt them.