The Internet can be a pleasing place to learn, shop, play games, and talk to your friends. Inopportunely, there are also predators and others online portals who may try to harm you. In order to be safe online, it's important for you and your kids to be aware of the dangers.
There is also a possibility of cyberbullying or cyber-harassment from online interactions. This does not mean your child will encounter all of these threats. However, knowing about the dangers can help you and your kids make smart decisions online.
You can use a range of different strategies to help your school-age child stay safe while he’s using the internet.
Here are some ideas:
>Create a family media plan. It’s best to create your plan with your child and ask her for suggestions. Your plan could cover things like screen-free areas in your house, internet safety rules like not giving out personal information, and programs and apps that are OK for your child to use.
>Use child-friendly search engines like Kiddle, or content providers like ABC Kids, CBeebies, YouTube Kids or KIDOZ.
>Check that games, websites and TV programs are appropriate for your child. You can do this by looking at reviews.
>Use the internet with your child or make sure you’re close by and aware of what your child is doing while he’s online. This way you can act rapidly and encourage your child if he’s concerned or upset by something he’s seen online.
>Check privacy settings and location services, use parental controls, use safe search settings on browsers, apps, search engines and YouTube.
Try the above suggested measures to keep your kids safe online.