There’s no denying that the internet has changed our lives for the better, in many ways. However, for those who are naïve to the dangers of the internet, it can be quite a dark place. With that said, children who have access to the internet need plenty of guidance and support from their parents. I have teamed up with an independent school in Hertfordshire to share some ways you can explore internet safety with your child.
Talk to Your Child About their Internet Use
Make sure you’re having regular conversations with your youngster about what apps and websites they most frequently use, so that you can figure out if they are safe and age appropriate. If you would prefer them to avoid certain websites, they will probably feel a little frustrated or upset, so it would be wise to explain your reasoning behind why you are banning them. They need to understand that the internet can be very dangerous, and you only have their safety and wellbeing at heart.
Discuss the Threats of the Internet
How much you choose to disclose to your child about the dangers of the World Wide Web will depend on their age and maturity level, but it’s important that they know what they’re up against. Frequently remind them that its easy for people to pretend to be someone they’re not online so that they can cause harm to others.
Establish Some Rules
The rules you put in place regarding your child’s use of the internet need to work for you and your family, so don’t feel pressured by what other parents are doing. You are sure to have some ideas of your own, but here are some rules you might want to establish to get you started:
- Never share personal information online, such as phone number, address, passwords, bank details etc
- Never share scantily clad photos of yourself
- Don’t open any emails from unknown users
- Never purchase anything online without permission
- Only use the internet in communal areas of the house (or make sure your bedroom door is open when you’re using the internet)