DrDonICFO’s Children Series 4 of 5 ‘How to 6: Ways to Talk with Your Kids About Internet Safety’

How to 6: Ways to Talk with Your Kids About Internet Safety

What Your Kids Need to Know About Internet Safety. Source: Kaspersky’s ‘Internet Safety for Children: Tips to Keep Kids Safe Online. https://www.kaspersky.com/resource-ce… Kaspersky’s Article was the best fit for our research for content that fits our War On Internet Crime Against Our Children

How to 6: Ways to Talk with Your Kids About Internet Safety.

Source: Kaspersky’s ‘Internet Safety for Children: Tips to Keep Kids Safe Online. Ultimately, you must talk with your children about online threats in a way that they’ll understand. The Internet poses real risks for children and teens, but parents can help them make informed decisions that keep them safe online. Here are six ways to talk about Internet safety with your children.

1. Set the Ground Rules. Before handing a computer or mobile device to your children, you should have an age-appropriate discussion about what they should and should not do. First, set limits on online time. When their time online is not idle, there’s a smaller chance of drifting into undesirable parts of the web. Tell your children to talk with you before sharing information like their names or address or speaking with someone they meet online. They should tell you right away if they see something that upsets or scares them. Treating others online how they’d want to be treated themselves is an equally important value to teach your kids. Anonymity on the web can cause anyone to say cruel things they normally wouldn’t — even children. If they help make the web a better place, they’ll be happier on it.

2. Talk About How — and Why — You Will Monitor Their Online Use. As children get older and join social networks, be upfront about monitoring what they post and why you’re doing it. Even teenagers may not fully understand the long-term impact of their posts, or that the Internet never forgets. They should be aware that you’re looking out for them, not trying to get them in trouble. It can be a tough tightrope to walk when you’re trying to keep your kids safe without making them feel like you don’t trust them. Set boundaries and discuss situations in which you may need to cross them. If you find that your way of monitoring is causing conflicts, be open to trying something new. Remind your children that their safety is your primary concern, but don’t be afraid to give them a little freedom as they get older. Read more… https://www.kaspersky.com/resource-center/preemptive-safety/kids-online-safety

3. Talk About What’s Going on in Their Lives. Open lines of communication are critical in many aspects of parenting — and with online safety in particular. That’s because cyberbullying is like its real-world counterpart. It’s often something kids don’t want to mention because they fear they’ll get in trouble or lose their Internet access. Make it clear you’re interested in all areas of your kids’ lives. Also, make sure they know they can come to you with any problems they’re having. Actively listen during regular conversations to show your kids that you’re always there for them, no matter what’s going on.

4. Teach Kids How to Take Action Themselves. Show your kids they can take steps to be proactive online by teaching them how to use the privacy, reporting, and blocking functions on the sites they visit. Older kids may know more about the online world than you. Consider making them the experts and having them show you the safety features of the sites they frequent.

5. Involve Kids in Decision-Making. Like all parenting conversations, talks about online safety should be learning experiences, not one-sided lectures. Ask what they think about what they’re seeing online and whether it’s potentially dangerous. If they disagree, listen to why — and be prepared to respond. Even if they don’t like the rules, kids are more likely to follow them if they believe they played a part in setting them.

6. Don’t Forget the Positive. Read more… https://www.kaspersky.com/resource-center/preemptive-safety/kids-online-safety

Dr. Don Yates, Sr Ph.D.,

  • Helping others online since 2004

  • Founder, The Internet Crime Fighters Org [ICFO]

  • Sponsor ICFO’s War on Crimes Against Our Children.

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