Keeping Them Safe: Tips for Protecting Your Children Online
The internet has made a lot of things accessible into people’s homes including
entertainment, music, and the opportunity to see and hear friends and relatives from across
the world. However, it has also meant that those looking to commit crime are also getting
more opportunities. Because people are now always available at the end of a computer, you
need to ensure that you and your children are safe when going online. Here are some of the
ways you can protect your computer and your children from threats.
Keep Personal Information Safe
One of the most important things to do is to teach your children how to use the internet
safely. You need to make sure that they understand never to give out their personal
information to others online. That includes their last name, phone number or home address
unless they have your permission. They should also ideally have a profile name that is not
the same as their actual name so that people online cannot identify them on other sites.
Many sites now have the facility to offer online chat rooms. Although children’s sites have
them as well, you need to keep them closely monitored or not let your children use them –
you do not know whether it is really another child that they are chatting to online. If you do
allow them to use the chat, they should not be giving out any personal information, even to
those they think they know well. They also shouldn’t send or receive any pictures without
Have Adequate Virus Software
There have been cases over the past few years of children’s websites containing viruses
which have infected people computers. For that reason, you must have an up to date virus
software on your computer and try to check a website first to see if there have been any
incidents of virus attacks. You should also ensure that the site is secure so that any personal
information on the site isn’t compromised. If you do get a virus or experience another cyber-
attack on your computer, then using a company such as Secure Data Recovery can help you to recover any lost data.
Monitor the Sites Your Kids Visit
Unless you are surfing the internet with your children, you might not always know what sites
they are visiting. You should monitor the sites your kids visit by looking at the browsing
history. You need to be open and honest with your children and encourage them to tell you if
they clicked on a site accidentally. You also want them to tell you if they went on a site that
bothered them of if someone tried to chat with them online. By developing a trust, your
children are more likely to tell you if something is wrong.
The online world can seem a frightening place for parents, but, if you ensure that your
children know the do’s and don’ts, then they will be safer online. If you are particularly
worried, then you should restrict their time on the internet or ensure that you are there when
they are surfing.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.