Even when our children are only playing in the front yard or at the park next door, we take preventative precautions to keep them safe. Have you noticed, however, that as technology plays a larger role in our lives, your children are more likely to be victims of a digital crime than a physical one?
Apps, streaming TV, wearables, social media, game consoles, and even their nightlights can all be connected to the internet nowadays. However, the same old – and extremely hazardous – scams are still prevalent. Kids do not use the internet with the same caution that we do. It can be difficult to recognise a stranger who looks and acts like a friend. Kids simply see a screen that responds to their button presses, blissfully unaware of the lurking dangers.
Your children will use the internet for the rest of their life. As parents, you’ll want children to be able to comfortably navigate the cyber motorways, having been taught in the ways of the digital world and having the ability to defend themselves.
Use these safety recommendations for developing healthy internet habits to talk to the kids in your life.
1. The internet is forever
Even if you delete something you’ve posted online, it’s still there! Consider whether you, your family, or friends will regret sharing photos, videos, or making remarks that you, your family, or friends may later regret.
2. Be kind. Be respectful
You have the right to express your thoughts and beliefs. Don’t be obnoxious when sharing. When individuals share, treat them with respect. It’s far too easy to be cruel online; always have a positive attitude.
3. Be careful who you trust
Not everyone claims to be who they claim to be. It’s simple for evil people to pass themselves off as someone else. Never meet someone you don’t know without first consulting your parents.
4. Avoid oversharing
Always be cautious when sharing personal information on the internet. Your full name, home address, email address, date of birth, current location, and phone number are all included.
5. Protect your privacy
Learn where to find the privacy settings on each website and app you use, and make sure they’re all set to the highest level possible. Make it a habit to do this on a regular basis.
6. Keep your passwords secret
Your passwords should never be shared with anybody other than your parents. To help you organise and remember your internet user IDs and passwords, utilise a reputable password management tool.
7. Always be cautious
Stop interacting with the app or website and talk to a trusted adult right away if you see or hear something online that makes you uncomfortable.
8. Security is essential
It’s possible to be a victim of digital thieves even if we follow all of the rules. They can’t see what you’re doing online or take control of your gadgets, so you’re safer. To keep your behaviour and gadgets safe, use a security and privacy app.
Use these ideas as a starting point for continued discussions with your kids. Check up on their online lives as frequently as you do on their school days and other elements of their lives. Demonstrate to them that this is a significant worry, but one that can be readily controlled with good internet habits, wise decisions, and effective communication.
On the Lille Luv blog, you can learn more about how to protect yourself and your family, as well as download their free booklet, Online Safety for Kids.
How can you make the Internet safe for kids?
– Discuss your child’s internet activities with them honestly.
– Keep screens and electronics out of the way where you can see them.
– Know how to use your parental controls.
– You should be aware of who your children’s online friends are.
– To safeguard your privacy, be’share conscious.’
How can I use the Internet in a healthy way?
The following are some helpful hints:
– Keep in mind that the internet isn’t all negative….
– A blanket ban on the internet is rarely effective….
– Make sure it’s appropriate for your age group….
– Continue to speak…
– Make use of the internet with your youngster.
– Encourage appropriate sleeping habits.
– Promote active rather than passive usage.
– Break free from the ‘filter bubbles.’
What are some Internet habits?
Internet Habits: How Do We Spend Our Time Online?
– They are active on social media. Adults prefer not to socialise online as much as young people do.
– They are video game players. Another common online pastime among young people is playing video games.
– They engage in online gambling.
– They have access to useful information and breaking news.
– They Shop on the Internet.
What are some good habits to follow when we use our devices for kids?
To encourage kids to do something non-screen related, stock any rooms with a TV, computer, or other gadgets with lots of other non-screen entertainment (books, children’s magazines, toys, puzzles, board games, etc.). TVs, iPads, and other displays should not be allowed in children’s bedrooms. During mealtime, turn off all screens.