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Internet safety: parental guidelines 2018

Internet safety: parental guidelines 2018

The Internet is a perfect place for kids to prepare school reports and interact with teachers and friends. But at the same time, the Internet may pose such hazards as inappropriate content, cyberbullying, sexting, communication with online predators, etc. That’s why for parents it is essential to be aware what their kids search, who they meet and what they share online. Here is the list of 10 safety tips for parents to keep a close eye on their kids` online activities.

Top 10 Internet safety tips for parents

1. Surf the Net together

Be the first to introduce your kid to the Internet. Exploring the Internet together can be advantageous both for you and your kid. Firstly, you can show the educational and interesting sites. Secondly, you can explain the danger of pop-up windows that can redirect kids to the hazardous or adult sites.

2. Know what your kids do online

For you, it is essential to understand how your kids use the Internet. Ask your kids to show what sites they visit and what they do there.

3. Remember Internet benefits

Don`t forget about the positive aspects the Internet has. Kids can use it for their studying, preparing school projects or simply to broad their mind. The Internet is an amazing tool but requires adult supervision.

4. Set rules

Reach an agreement with your child on the Internet usage:

  1. Firstly, discuss how long your kids can surf the Net;
  2. Secondly, talk about the personal information safety;
  3. Thirdly, talk about social media etiquette and how to communicate online;
  4. Fourthly, agree what sites and apps are acceptable and prohibited;
  5. Fifthly, inform your kids that their online activities will be monitored.

5. Personal information protection

The golden rule is to keep all personal information in secret. Teach your kids never give out a full name, phone number, home address or any other details that may help anybody to contact them directly.

6. Talk about “online friends”

Have a conversation on the risks connected with meeting online friends in person. The Internet is a scary place, where everybody can be whatever they like to be. So, even the online predator can pretend to be a 12-year-old Jenny from South California. Don’t allow your kids to meet so called “online friends” without adult accompaniment.

7. Teach your kids to think critically

As a parent, it is important to teach your kid to evaluate and be critically aware of the information they may find online. You need to educate kids how to check if the information they found online is relevant, comparing it to alternative sources on the same topic. The best thing is to show them trustworthy sites they can use to check the information.

8. Encourage to respect others

Teach your kids how to behave online: to be polite, use appropriate language and not to harass others. Ethical rules are applicable not only to the everyday life, but to online world as well.

9. Report illegal things

Reporting illegal online activities can help to prevent such things as child pornography, sexually exploitation attempts, etc. That’s why if your child got inappropriate request online, you shouldn’t neglect them.

10. Monitor kid`s online activities

Use parental control apps, like mSpy. Using mSpy parental control app you will be able to:

  • read all your kid’s texts (incoming, outgoing and even deleted ones);
  • monitor your kid’s calls and contact list;
  • track your kid`s instant messengers (Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Kik, Snapchat, etc.);
  • view GPS location on the detailed map;
  • set safe and dangerous areas with geo-fencing;
  • monitor Internet activity (bookmarks, browsing history);
  • block hazardous sites;
  • and much more.

The thought what kid may encounter online can be scary for every parent. Following our top Internet safety tips, you can protect your kid and minimize online dangers.

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