Written by Hilary Smith
While the web is a useful tool, it can be very dangerous as well, particularly for our kids. However, not all sites are bad. The Internet can be a learning tool, for your children to visit educational websites. We have dreaded the online predator: who could act like a child and draw our kids away, and hurt them.
Sadly, in 82 percent of all online sex crimes against minors, the offender used teen social networking sites to gain information about the child’s likes and dislikes. We watch outsiders, but we should also stay aware of individuals that our children know as well. We are talking about cyberbullies and predators, who insult and abuse our children online. Innovation has given criminals more ways to get at our kids, and we need to stay vigilant regarding our children.
It is the guardians responsible to keep their children safe. Do not forget that your young ones don’t know any better. They are after all, just kids. These days, if a kid does not have a mobile phone, they are humiliated. It is safer to be humiliated than getting hurt. Also it’s beneficial to read up on Cyber security as well. Technology is always advancing, and so are online predators. Cyber security is an ever growing need in today’s world. A good firewall is always updating their security.
Be An Apparent Parent
Your kids don’t need you as their best friend. They require you to be their guardian, and protection. You can in any case still be cool, and set limitations on what they are doing online and on their mobile phones. On some family PCs, the guardians have a logging framework that keeps running in stealth and records all data on the computer and it doesn’t permit their kids to visit the sites of flawed nature unless the parent approves the site.
The computer’s must be checked day by day, particularly after the kids have utilized them, and they must not be permitted to be online if the parents are not in the room. The Guardian can read their messages and check the web history to see where they have been and what websites they have been browsing and the kids must be informed when they have been found doing things they are not supposed to do. 87 percent of today’s youth have witnessed cyberbullying.
Watch Online Activities
There are programs that you can download onto your computer that will track what they do on the Internet. They usually let you begin with a free trial, so you can perceive how the system functions. It will log passwords and names; however you ought to pay attention to what they are doing and who is saying what to them.
We want the kids to listen to us but at what point do we hear them out?
It is extremely important that we know what is going on in their social environment.
Here are some key items to listen out for:
• Listen what they discuss about school with their friends
• When they discuss about their companions
• When they speak of things that are going on at school
• When they have things to say about what is going on with their friends
You might be recoiling, but what amount of fear will you have when your kid is a victim of bullying? What if a predator friends them on Facebook? What will you do after your youngster has been bullied on the telephone, or online? They don’t need to talk in the same room as you, but remain nearby so you can catch what is being said.
We know that it is popular for adolescents to have a Twitter page, a Facebook page, and a Snapchat accounts, however, we ask you to invest some energy and time into those Social sites before you let them make “their” space on the internet. Know who their companions are on these sites. Set limits, and get more involved.