10 Things you need to teach your kids about internet safety
While the internet is a great tool that your child should eventually know how to use, it also poses a lot of danger. Teaching your child these internet safety rules can help them make smart decisions online
We’re all well-aware that the internet can be a dark and dangerous place, which is why it’s really important that we teach our kids about internet safety. Here are some things about online safety that we should teach our children, as compiled from Parent Herald, uKnowKids, and SafeKids.
Kids shouldn’t give out information like their address, telephone number, etc. unless they have your permission.
Everything you post on the internet—from photos to videos to text—stays there. People can download, take screencaps, or share anything you post, so you should practice discretion.
The anonymity of the internet encourages rude and harmful behavior. Teach your children that they can do a lot of harm with their online behavior, that their actions have consequences.
If your child gets messages from people they don’t know, he shouldn’t respond or click on any attachments. Let your child know that strangers on the internet aren’t always who they seem to be.
Your children need to learn how to protect their privacy, but at the same time, you should be able to monitor their activities.
On the next page: more on internet safety for kids.
This not only protects your child from inappropriate content, but also safeguards your computer from malware.
Like the previous item, this is mainly to keep your computer safe and your personal information secure.
This is something that even adults need to take note of: anyone can make a webpage and fill it with whatever they want, and so everything on the internet should be taken with a grain of salt.
Before you start letting your child surf on the internet by themselves, you should sit them down and talk to them about the dangers of pornography. You don’t have to go into detail, and of course, you should stay age-appropriate with your wording, but it’s important that they know the dangers of pornography. Your child isn’t mature enough to process pornography, it isn’t for their eyes, and could have harmful long-term effects on their attitudes on sexuality. Teach them how they should respond when they see something they shouldn’t (see next item).
When your child comes across something inappropriate unintentionally, they shouldn’t feel ashamed. Instead, they should turn the computer off and tell an adult. This is important so that they don’t get bogged down with feelings of guilt. They should also tell you if they come across something that just feels off—if it makes them feel uncomfortable, they should let you know.
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