How Can You Ensure Your Child Is Using Technology Safely? (Guest Post)


Since
technology has become an integral part of every day life and children
will, in one way or another, be exposed to technology, it’s
important to talk to them and take measures to protect them so they
can feel safe when using technology and you can feel confident
they’re using it responsibly.



For
more information on eSafety there are many websites out there
offering tips on child safe websites such
as Quib.ly
:
a community website for parents and professionals to ask questions
and get answers about raising happy, healthy children in this
super-connected, global age.



What
is eSafety?


ESafety,
online safety or electronic safety are the measures taken to ensure
that younger people aren’t exposed to age inappropriate materials
on the internet and are protected from schemes, fraud and people who
may have the intention of hurting them.


Why
you should teach your children about eSafety


Some
of the most common concerns that come with Internet use are:


  • Cyber
    stalking and Cyber bullying

  • Potentially
    damaging websites or links that can infect your computer with
    viruses

  • Distasteful
    and vulgar content

  • Identity
    theft

  • Illegal
    activity like downloading music or movies

What
measures you can take as a parent


  • The
    first thing you can do as a parent is ensure that your home computer
    and technological devices have up-to date antivirus software running
    on them as well as a firewall active (included in most antivirus
    software packages).

  • Determine
    at what age you feel your child should be entitled to privacy.
    Before this age you could make it so you have access to their social
    media accounts, emails and phone records. This way you can monitor
    their activity and know if they’re engaging in any illegal or
    potentially dangerous activity as well as if there is someone
    harassing them. It can be difficult to monitor teenagers as this
    may fuel arguments about mistrust so maybe find a compromise that
    unless they give you a reason not to trust them you should allow
    them to have privacy.

  • Look
    into parental
    control software

    that can filter, set time limits and monitor sites your child is
    accessing.

  • Don’t
    allow for them to access your credit card information.


Some
important lessons to teach your children


  • Teach
    them not to open links they receive by email from contacts they do
    not know.

  • Not
    to share personal information like their age, national insurance
    number, address or phone number with people they do not know very
    well.

  • Explain
    to them that what they post on their social media profiles today can
    come back to haunt them in the future.

  • Show
    them how to alter privacy settings on websites they are signed up
    on.

  • Explain
    to them that they should uphold the same moral values and socially
    acceptable behaviours online as they would in real life. Ie.
    Harassing their peers and engaging in illegal activity like
    downloading media.

  • That
    posting their location can prove dangerous in the event they are
    being cyber stalked.

  • Tell
    them they aren’t allowed to make any purchases online without your
    consent.

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2 Comments

  1. Pam L
    December 31, 2013 / 10:57 pm

    A lack of safety is the only draw back to the internet. And I agree that teaching children precautions will pay off in the long run. I also use parental control to ensure what happens on the internet in our home.

  2. Shelly Peterson
    January 1, 2014 / 2:01 am

    Thanks for sharing this great information. Getting parental control software is a good idea.

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