The following internet safety rules are so as to keep your kids and teens safe online. Before stating the rules as it is, it would be far better to build up a relationship of trust and comfort first with your child. Let them know that you are depending on them not only for their own safety but also for the family’s safety too. Make the following internet safety rules very clearly understood by your kids and teens.
- Never input your personal information online like real names, address, phone nos or anything that you can be identified with. The ‘identities’ you see online are seldom the very often assumed identities.
- Likewise never put online any information of your family members.
- Never upload photos and videos online as they can easily be misused online by online predators.
- Never download anything without first letting your parents know, as these might contain harmful stuffs and jeopardize family’s safety.
- Do not get friendly with strangers online no matter how friendly they appear. Online predators assume the best of online identities.
- Just like in the real world, if you want others to treat you with respect and dignity, treat others with respect and dignity.
- Any information which you feel uncomfortable with, should be brought to the notice of your parents immediately.
- Protect your user name and password at all times. Never let it out to anyone.
- Never agree to meet someone you meet online without consulting your parents first, as your parents if at all they agree will ensure security like arranging for a public meeting place.
- Do not respond to any questions which makes you feel uncomfortable, watch out especially for others insisting you provide more of your information like address, location etc.
- Never let others online know the details of your parents profession especially the timings of their workplace, as it might be someone contemplating a robbery, or a paedophile.
- 1. Ask your children about what they see/do on the Internet
2. Turn on Parental Controls for all mobile devices and with the phone/internet provider.
3. Check privacy setting on all social networks, and periodically check for any changes.
4. Monitor your child’s device and monitor usage. This includes installed apps, browsing history, and text messaging recipients.
5. Set up your own accounts on social media, and follow/friend your children.
6. Review their friends and followers on social media.
7. Know your children’s passwords and usernames, and periodically check for any changes.
8. Don’t let your children know the password to their phone’s iTunes or Google Play account.
9. Don’t allow them to keep their computers or mobile devices in their rooms at night.
10. Don’t allow them to use anonymous texting apps like Kik Messenger and Yik Yak, or provocative social media sites like Ask.fm.
When dealing with kids or teens making them follow the internet safety rules, expect them to resent the restrictions. Deal with it firmly and drive home the point firmly that it is only for their own safety, and out of love and concern.