Everywhere our kids go, they’re being bombarded by unwanted violent and sexual media content. But there are ways to protect our children, particularly when they’re using the Internet and mobile devices.
Tip #1 - Set Internet Usage Rules
Kids need to know right from the very beginning, and every time they access the internet, the risks of being online and the rules for the privilege of using it.
The easiest way to do this is to post these rules/guidelines near the computer with an easy line of sight to where your child or teen will be.
Some of these rules may include that they need to be in a public area of the house when using the Internet so mom and dad can keep them safe from unwanted people and pop-ups, and know what sites kids are visiting.
If you’re not sure your child or teen is being truthful about which sites she is using, learn to use the web browser’s history function. This is part of helping her set guidelines for the kinds of things she should or shouldn’t be looking at.
One of these days, your child or teen will be on the Internet without you standing over him or in the next room, and he needs to know how to keep his mind, heart and soul safe.
Another rule would be that your child or teen is not be allowed to share personal information or photos, full name, mailing address, telephone number, the name of their school, or any other information that could help someone figure out where they are.
Cyberbullying is on the rise and the Internet’s awash with scam artists that can easily con a trusting kid into doing all kinds of things.
Tip #2 – Turn on Pop-up Blockers
Most of us who have been using the Internet for even a short period of time know what it’s like to type in a seemingly innocent set of keywords only to have graphic and obscene pornographic pictures pop up.
It doesn’t take much for our kids to discover the same thing. Perhaps it’s a screaming ad that your child thinks, “Ooh, what’s this?” and clicks without even completely understanding what they’re clicking on.