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With so much of life online these days it is imperative that we are able to keep our children safe when they are online. Between cyber bullying, identity theft, cyber crime and the many other hazards of online interactions, being proactive is the best ways to keep your kids safe online.
Here are 6 ways you can keep your kids safe online:
1. Use a good internet security program. Gone are the days when all we need is an antivirus program to keep us safe online. Life is becoming increasingly online based, there are more threats than ever when it comes to you and your children’s safety online. You now need to invest in a full internet security program that covers antivirus, firewall, anti spyware and all other aspects of internet security. Keep an eye on Amazon and other retailers that often offer sales on these programs if you don’t want to spend a lot, but make sure that it will cover all of your devices. Be sure, too, to keep an eye on customer reviews as these are often the best indicator of how well the program works.
2. Set parental Controls on all of your devices. Regardless of how your children access the internet whether it be via tablet, computer, phone or even TV, make sure that the parental controls are set to the appropriate settings. Many of these controls also allow time limits and restrictions, which are great for preventing your children from getting online when you are not around to monitor them. Verizon FiOS makes this easy by allowing you to set parental controls at the router lever. This allows you to limit access to particular sites and keep kids from visiting sites they should not be visiting. I’m new to Verizon FiOS and really like this feature.
3. Make sure they know not to share their passwords. Many, many kids share the passwords to their phones with their friends. Be sure to have a talk with them and explain to them that their passwords should remain private.
4. Teach them to log out after every session. If your kids get on the computer, whether at home, in school or in public, make sure they know to log out of any of their accounts. This will prevent anyone accessing their information easily.
5. Talk to them about cyber bullying. Did you know that 20% of kids these days experience some sort of cyber bullying? Hopefully your child is not amongst that 20%, but it is important that you take steps to prepare them. Make sure you sit down with them and have a talk about what to do if they were to experience cyber bullying. A couple of things to remember is to be sure that they know to never respond to inappropriate or unkind messages and to copy and/or screenshot any messages or comments before deleting them. Also, if your child is experiencing this, make sure you reach out to the website that this is happening on as well as to your child’s school if the incident involves a fellow student. With new laws on the books, many schools have an obligation to take steps when this occurs.
6. Avoid chat rooms. I don’t necessarily think that banning social media is always the answer. The fact of the matter is that many, many people are on social media and it can be a great tool for many reasons. As long as your child knows the boundaries and rules, it can be a safe place. I don’t think the same is true for chat rooms though. You just can never be sure who you are “talking” to at the other side of the screen. There are predators out there that seek out children online and oftentimes terrible news starts with a chat room conversation.
What steps have you taken to keep your kids safe online?
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Verizon FiOS.