Anything can happen. Stories about teenagers committing suicide after contact will online predators tells us the worst possible thing in the world can happen. You don’t have to be scared if you know what you’re doing. The reason people have mixed feelings about the Internet is because they haven’t learned how to control it. Your children will be safe, but it’s up to you to set the ground rules to ensure it happens. There’s a few obvious things you can start doing right now to make sure your children are safe when they go online. Let’s look at them in a little detail and start following them straight away.
Ban certain websites
If you tried to count how many dangerous sites were on the Internet it would probably take you a thousand years. That’s a lot of sites you don’t want your children to go anywhere near. If you want to wipe them out in one foul swoop you should install some parental guidance software. Now your children won’t be able to get onto the sites that could harm them in any way. It’s something that can make you sleep easier at night.
Install a key logger
If you don’t know what this is then let’s go over it. You basically install software onto the computer and it saves each stroke of the keyboard. That means when anyone goes online you will be able to go in after they’ve finished and find out exactly what they were doing. I think you should explain to the children what you’re going to do. Tell them you will see everything they do so they shouldn’t do anything bad.
Have a chat with them
Every once in a while you want to sit down with them and find out how they’re doing. Children have a habit of locking things away and hiding them from you. There’s been too much stories about kids harming themselves because of something that’s happened online and you can’t let that happen, so you must find out if there’s anything you need to know.
Teach them how to spot danger
People have lots of little tricks up their sleeves. They will pretend to be young and befriend your child. Maybe they will ask for some photos, or even your address. You need to teach your children that they should not trust anyone online that they don’t know and under absolutely no circumstances should they give away photos or personal details.
Keep a watchful eye on them
It’s probably a good idea to sit with them when they are still young and still learning how to use the Internet. It’s not that you don’t trust them, but just that they are still inexperienced and you want to protect them. Even when they get a little bit older you can still keep an eye on them. Maybe you don’t need to sit down and watch what they’re doing, but be in the next room and pop in from time to time.
Dan Ferns is a comuter software, hardware and networking expert. His articles on www.webwatcher.com talk about the various issues, tips and advice regarding computers
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