The internet has become a fundamental tool in the life of every child. New technologies are the norm. There are many advantages and benefits of internet use, however children are particularly vulnerable when it comes to the internet.
Protecting children is important, and this means being aware of information being shared with them in the virtual world. This includes photos, messages, videos, and updates on social media.
Here’s some tips to ensure your child remains as safe as possible when online:
- Teach them how to surf the internet, and make them aware of the dangers, so they can avoid them in their personal and academic life.
- Set house rules: Decide how much time to allow your child online. You could set it out in writing, so there’s no confusion, all talk about the rules. You can also have a list of sites they can visit without permission, and others that have to be approved.
- Teach them to protect their privacy: Establish a trusting relationship, so they feel happy to show you the things they are sharing on the internet.
Make sure your children know:
- Never to give name, phone number, email address, password, address, school or picture without your permission.
- Do not open emails from people they don’t know
- Do not respond to hurtful or disturbing messages
- Do not physically meet anyone they ‘meet’ online
It is worth knowing that the Spanish data protection law states that a picture of a person, whether an adult or child, is considered data of a personal nature, because it means they can be identified.
- Teach them to use social networks correctly. Privacy is an issue, and you need to make sure or the right privacy settings are in place. By teaching children, the rules of using social networks, we can prevent cyber-bullying and other forms of abuse.
- Location, location, location: Keep the computer in a central place, where you can easily monitor its use. This will make monitoring much easier. You need to be able to step in to their cyberworld and get to know their online playground. You do not need to be there all the time, however you need to check on them frequently.
There are many tools that offer guidance and advice, however by following these simple guidelines, you can ensure that your child is safely protected.