In every stage of the development of your child, from Early Childhood to Adolescence, you teach, guide and support your kids. It should be no different when it comes to their online lives. If you are a parent, there are a few things to consider when you let your kids enter the online world.
This means not just talking to your kids about what they do online but also listening. The best online safety strategy, regardless of age, is to communicate with your child and to engage with them about what they are doing online and who they are doing it with.
Agree with your child on the guidelines which apply to internet use in your home. Discuss when and for how long your kid is allowed to use Internet. Teach them on how to behave towards others in their online activities. Agree on what type of sites and activities are suitable for them. Encourage them to use their time online for learning, creativity and education.
Advise them to be careful when disclosing personal information such as name, address, telephone, email etc. and Talk about the dangers associated with meeting online ‘friends’ in person. It is important that your child does not meet strangers they have met online without being accompanied by an adult you trust. In any case, make sure your child always seeks your approval first.
As a parent, help your child to have a positive experience when they are online. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.