Protect Your Children

 

 

 

Information Technology is changing our Education system. Schools are adopting new ways of teaching. We are replacing old tradition text books with tablets and websites. Children have a greater reach now via the Internet. The internet is a kind of virtual world. And if there are many good things in that world, there are many bad things too. The internet is a place where just about anything is possible. In recent years, Cyber bullying, Sexting and Online sexual predators have exploded onto the scene.

 

 Are you taking additional steps to protect your children from badness of the Internet?

 

You should be  following these steps to ensure the security of your kids..

1. Discuss with your children about the dangers of the Internet. What they should do and what they should not.

Here are some of the topics  you should be discussing with your children.

 

  •  Never meet someone you do not know without asking your parents or guardians.
  •  Never give your personal information in chat rooms or online forms. Personal information may include your age, area code, e-mail address, home address, home city, Internet Service Provider name, Instant Messenger name or address, other location related information, passwords, personal web page, phone (mobile phone) numbers, pictures of yourself (selfies), school name, school grade, school web page, weight, webcam address, workplace, or zip code.
  •  Never enter a place, that requires money, your credit card number, your personal information or your password.
  •  Never accept files from an unknown person.
  •  Do not accept gifts from anyone you meet online.
  •  Never send your personal pictures to anyone you have not met personally.
  •  Never talk about sex, post provocative images when you are online.

 

Make sure you discuss about these issues with your children. Give them the privilege to talk with you about their online life.

Be a friend.

 

2. Monitor or browse the internet with your kids and try to keep your computer in an open area. Consider keeping a third party filter program that helps protect your computer from inappropriate sites.

 

Microsoft Internet Explorer users can protect their family from harmful materials by enabling Internet Explorer Content Advisor.

 

3. Check your children’s browsing history regularly in order to ensure that they are not viewing something what they should not be viewing. Make sure they are not deleting the browsing history in order to hide their online activities. Check their bookmarks bar too. 

Press CTRL + H to on your browser to check the browsing history.

 

4. Check their messenger profile to make sure their friend list does not have someone you don’t know.

 

5. Social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace is quite popular across teens and young internet users as they allow them to make new friends and communicate with their friends quite easily. If you allow them to use such sites, make sure to monitor them regularly. Advise them not to post anything about their personal information.

I recommend you to become their friend on those social networking sites. Doing this is a great way to check what they are doing online and what they are posting.

I strongly recommend you to set up their profile in Private mode, so that only friends and family members can view the profile.

 

6. Internet with young users use a language  full of codes and short forms which we don’t understand. In order to understand your kids online activities, you need to understand their modern language too.

I am giving you some examples here –

143 or 459 or ILU – I love you text message code.

420 – Marijuana or other drug related text message code.

KPC – Keep Parents Clueless.

RUH – Are you Horny?

S2R or STR – Send to Receive, used when asking for someone’s picture in order to get theirs.

F2F or LMIRL or MIRL or RL – Face to Face, as in lets meet in person.

 

7. If you have a webcam connected to your computer, make sure to disable it when you are not present.

 

8. There are many gaming sites, where children and adult plays together or with each other. Make sure your kids do not give their personal information to other participates or players.

 

9. Check their school websites regularly.

 

 

These things were not there when you were a kid but the world is changing now. In order to protect your kids from the badness of the time, you need to understand their world. They are not mature enough to understand the goodness and badness of their deeds. But you do. You need not to be suspicious towards your kids. Be a friend. Help them understand the risk and guide them with a lot of love.

You can download this article as a PDF by clicking HERE .

 

Article written by Ron Watson 

Before I write anything about me or my organization, I would like to thanks my friend Diane Bjorling for her help and support. Thank You Diane.

 

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