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Internet Safety Tips For Kids

by Bill Sweeney
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Internet Safety Tips

Internet Safety and Our Kids

Internet safety is a HUGE issue in our house. The dangers of the net are real. Texting, Facetime, House Party, YouTube, it never seems to end. There’s always something you have to watch out for, for the sake of our kids’ mental heath and safety. No, really.

We live in a day where our kids are accessing the internet younger and younger. It’s almost as if there’s a prerequisite for kindergarten that your child knows how to use a computer. While it may not be said that your child should know how to use a computer by Kindergarten, the reality is that’s part of the learning stage in today’s world. Kids as young as age 5 are expected to start learning how to properly type and utilize a computer at the basic level. For some parents that were raised in a different time, this may be scary. Today I want to share some tips for those parents who are nervous about letting their young kid access the internet. Here are some tips to help you keep kids safe on the internet.

Setup a Protective Device

Within your home, you can use a variety of products to help with online safety. There are also a lot of products arriving on the market for parents to use as a means to go a step deeper and monitor their kid’s internet usage through the router. These products range in price and often have a slight learning curve, but you can invest in them to feel more secure letting your kids access the internet.

Have Open Communication

You must be realistic with your kids about the dangers of the internet. Having open communication with your kids from day one access will help them know the dangers that their internet use provides. With so many predators lurking behind a computer screen, it’s important that you discuss the warning signs of a predator to your kids so that they feel comfortable coming to you when a sketchy scenario happens to them. Along with this discussion, you need to set forth expectations. There will be some websites are your “do not ever visit” list and some websites that you allow your kids to visit, but set forth the guidelines as to what they can access on those sites.

Limit Internet Usage

Though kids love the internet, you have to spend quality time together as a family. Learn to limit internet usage for your kids so that they are less likely to get into an unsafe environment online. Limiting internet usage will also help to teach your kids about balance. Consider setting up specific times that your kids can use the internet and remain firm on those rules. This will lead to online safety. They have to know how to be “human,” too!

Communication and setting forth appropriate guidelines as well as purchasing a device to keep your home internet safe will go a long way to ensure internet safety. It’s a major issue today, something that’s still so new and raw. It keeps me up and night and it’s scary. We have to always try and do your best for your kids, even if it’s scarier than heck for you.

Internet Safety Tips For Kids was last modified: April 20th, 2018 by Bill Sweeney

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candy April 21, 2018 - 3:28 PM

We also had the rule that the computer had to be in a public place in the house. That way somebody was always around and less likely to go places the kids aren’t suppose to go. Serious topic and hope parents handle it well.

Marissa Zurfluh April 22, 2018 - 10:26 PM

Open is a big part of it in my opinion. Kids need to feel like they can come to you with anything and be believed or trusted with it.

ROSE ANN SALES April 22, 2018 - 11:02 PM

Definitely a great tips for all parents. Because of this new era, we cannot stop our kids to use the internet but at least controlling, guiding and limiting their access is one of the great things that we can do. Thank you for sharing this wonderful article.

ROSE ANN SALES April 22, 2018 - 11:13 PM

Such a great tips, as parents these are the important things that we need to do to our children. Letting them play outside is one of the best ways to limit their time accessing the internet.


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