Are you aware of what is going on, on your computer when you are not there? It is important that we protect our children and teens when they are online. Installing software for parental controls for surfing the internet is a good tool, but there is other things as well you need to do to protect your child. There have been a lot of surveys done on this subject; one that I saw had these numbers.
37% of students, in grade 5 - 12, reports being given no rules from their parents using the internet.
41% do not share with their parents where they go online or what they do.
26% of the student said that their parents would be concerned if they knew what they were doing online.
How can you protect your child online? Here are some internet safety tips for kids and teens.
1. Be involved - no software in the world can take your place. Be involved in your child's internet activities. Let her/him show you what sites they visit. Show interest in what they are doing. Talk to your child about the threats online and about internet safety for kids.
2. Guidelines - put up guidelines and rules and post them close to the computer. Make sure your son or daughter knows the rules and why you have the rules. Include: What they are allowed to do online, what sites they are not allowed to visit. What information they should never give out to anybody online, personal information. How long they are allowed to be on the computer and what times...
3. Keep the computer in a family room - do not let your teenager keep the computer in their room. They should have nothing to hide and that way they can not sneak on after bedtime. A child should not be on the internet after bedtime, a predator would notice that, they know that the child is not supervised.
4. Software - install software for parental controls for surfing the internet. So what should your parental control software be able to do?
Make sure your software:
E-mails - Your software should be able to record and store all emails being sent and received by your child.
IM and chatting - Your software should be able to record Instant Messages (IMs & "chats") sent and received on your child`s computer.
Internet history - You should be able to see every web page they have visited and for how long they have visited.
Blocking - Make sure your software blocks the sites you do not want your child to visit.