Protecting your child online can be a daunting task, where do I start? What do I do? What am I looking for? As if mums didn’t have enough to worry about before the internet…
There are some pretty horrifying statistics out there and I won’t worry you too much but this one is pretty alarming: Over half of all kids (57%) have accidentally accessed inappropriate content online. Over half!
Just what are our children getting exposed to when browsing the internet? Sex? Violence? Cyber bullying? It’s enough to make any mother keel over in a wave of anxiety induced nausea.
Before you chuck the computer through the window or throw the laptop into the fire, read this first. There are a few simple things you can do to make sure your kids are better protected online.
Make sure you get to know the technologies your children are using and you’ll be better placed to talk to them about their internet use and understand the potential risks yourself.
Discuss the risks
Talk to your children about the risks out there so they also understand the potential dangers of unlimited internet access. Remind them not to talk to strangers online!
Set some ground rules
Now you can try and agree on some ground rules such as what websites they can and can’t visit. A good idea is to post them next to the computer, maybe along with a big watchful eye…
How do I enforce these rules?
Blocking content before your child can see it is one of the best modes of defence. You can buy various packages that let you do this along with a number of other things such as social network monitoring.
Move the computer
If it’s not already, place the computer in a family room rather than a bedroom. This way your children will be more likely to abide by the rules you’ve agreed.
Remember that regardless of the shiny new software you’ve bought, nothing can replace your own supervision and involvement! It may all seem a bit ‘big brother’ or ‘1984-esq’, but remember this is for their own good!
Hopefully all of the questions asked at the start have been answered, but if you’re still unsure you can find some more information here:
This is a guest post, written by Tom Bond, on behalf of BedzRUs. BedzRUs offers cheap prices on a wide range of beds and mattresses and stock a variety of big brand names.
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