Child Internet Safety Tips
If you have older elementary-aged children, this is also the age at which you can expect a lot of pressure to allow your son or daughter to participate in social media. Social media websites like Facebook and Twitter can open up a whole new world of risk, between cyberbullying and exposure of personal information to strangers. Social media safety has become a topic of great debate due to age requirements for signing up for social media sites.
I'm not sure there are many of us who didn't sneak a peek at a (contraband) Playboy now and again as adolescents. As risque as that may have been, it seems tame compared to the glut of pornography of all kinds available to our own children at the click of a mouse.
Talk to your kids about the dangers that exist online and make sure they know to tell you if anyone ever makes them feel uncomfortable. Make sure they know it is not their fault if someone reaches out to them and they won’t get in trouble when they tell you about it.
Experts say it's not a matter of if children will see this type of content, it's a matter of when. In fact, This makes it all the more important to prepare them and make sure they don't feel uncomfortable talking to you in the case of an accidental incident.
Mobile internet access makes up a large portion of online time for both children and adults. According to the Pew Research Center, 73% of teens between ages 13 and 17 use a smartphone. This means that it's imperative that child internet safety measures extend to their mobile devices.
For very young children, the most important tool for internet safety is simply parental awareness and supervision. Limit the number of websites your child can play on to no more than a few and keep the computer out in a central location in the house.
Physical and emotional harm are major concerns for us as parents when it comes to online safety. However, kids can also be vulnerable to those who wish to steal information for financial purposes. Here are just a few ways your information can be compromised:
If you're concerned about what your kid is posting on Facebook or Snapchat, set up your own account and follow them. You can keep track and they will be more conscious in regards to what they post about. Do the same for every social media channel they use.
It's also a good idea to turn on Google's Safe Search feature for your elementary school kids. Safe Search filters out inappropriate content, making the internet a bit safer for your kids, particularly when it comes to images.
6. I will talk with my parents so that we can set up rules for going online and using a mobile phone. We will decide upon the time of day that I can be online, the length of time I can be online and appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.