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.
more information on eSafety there are many websites out there
offering tips on child safe websites such
a community website for parents and professionals to ask questions
and get answers about raising happy, healthy children in this
super-connected, global age.
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.
you should teach your children about eSafety
of the most common concerns that come with Internet use are:
stalking and Cyber bullying
damaging websites or links that can infect your computer with
and vulgar content
activity like downloading music or movies
measures you can take as a parent
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
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.
that can filter, set time limits and monitor sites your child is
allow for them to access your credit card information.
important lessons to teach your children
them not to open links they receive by email from contacts they do
to share personal information like their age, national insurance
number, address or phone number with people they do not know very
to them that what they post on their social media profiles today can
come back to haunt them in the future.
them how to alter privacy settings on websites they are signed up
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
posting their location can prove dangerous in the event they are
being cyber stalked.
them they aren’t allowed to make any purchases online without your
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.
Thanks for sharing this great information. Getting parental control software is a good idea.