How To Keep Your Children Protected When Using The Internet
When used correctly, the Internet can be a fantastic resource, a source of entertainment and knowledge for everyone. Although there’s plenty of good material online, there are also plenty of other content unsuitable for a young mind. Parents, therefore, have to ensure their young ones do not get access to such material.
It wasn’t up until recently that parents are now taking an active role in monitoring their children’s activity on the web. Internet service providers, with the help of the government’s intervention, have also taken a more proactive role in ensuring parents and homes get a secure connection. While the ISPs strive to ensure your connection is secure, the parents must see to it that children are protected and aren’t exposed to any explicit content.
Implement Parental Controls
Leaving a young child with a computer or tablet can be quite risky, which is why parents are being sensitized on the need to keep an eye on their children while surfing the web or even participate in the activity with them. In addition to this, parents need to allow children to only access the internet in the open, and where you can monitor them easily.
Older children can, however, be difficult to keep watch on all the time. It is at this point that you need to set parental controls on the home router. Most of the routers on the market today have parental control features that help limit access to specific types of content.
Virgin and BT also provide such controls for their consumers.
Conleth McCallan from Datanet, a VMWare hosting company advises, “Wi-Fi parental control isn’t enough in protecting your child. You also need to contact your 3G/4G provider to have parental controls enabled for their accounts as well. If your ISP doesn’t provide parental controls, you can then take advantage of OpenDNS’ free service. This should help protect every device connected to the service instantly. One of the main benefits of using OpenDNS is that its settings apply to every device on the network. This includes tablets, smartphones, game consoles, laptops, desktops, and TVs”.
Explain Internet Security Rules
While most of these settings may come in handy, educating your children on how to behave while using the internet can also help. Some of the basics of internet security that everyone should know of include:
- Keep your password private
- Never give personal information, email address, home address, or phone number to strangers.
- Never click on or open suspicious files.
With everyone using the internet to access social networking sites, it’s important for your children to understand the risks of using these channels. They need to be careful when using the social media, chatting, or using their game consoles. It’s essential that they understand:
- Never to meet anyone they have met online unless their parent is aware
- You cannot be 100% sure about someone you met on the internet
- It’s never OK to be rude to people online
- If anything makes you feel uncomfortable online, consult your teacher, guardian, or parent.
A few decades ago, simply ensuring children did not watch TV after 9 PM was the ultimate way to keep them from seeing inappropriate content. The advent of the internet has however made things much more laborious and complicated. There are however handy tools that can help solve these issues with ease.