Does your child own a tablet or smartphone? This generation of parent is raising their children in a rapidly evolving cyber landscape. Parents all over the world know that the advantages of the Internet far outweigh its disadvantages. Children naturally learn more, understand more, and accomplish more with the aid of the Internet.
Besides the numerous responsibilities that come with parenting, now parents have the additional burden of keeping up with their kids’ Internet habits and also guiding their children safely through the digital frontier.
Cyber safety for kids very much depends on our parents awareness too. It is important to teach them a few essential cyber life skills.
Explaining Internet Safety to Your Kids
Teaching your children about the online risks they may face and how to avoid or report threats is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure their safety online.
But first, you have to understand those risks for yourself. This means keeping up-to-date on the latest technologies, apps, and social media trends. It can be challenging, but it will be easier for you to speak to them.
Setting Internet Safety Rules
Setting clearly defined rules and explaining the reason for each rule and the hazard it protects against can help your child understand potential risks. Rules should protect your child’s privacy, safety and personal information.
Ways Parents Can Do to Protect Your Children Online
You can take an active role in protecting your kids from online risks. Much of it is monitoring how they use the internet and how they access it. Some of it can be as simple as helping them set up their online access.
Prevention for Cyberbullying
As a parent, you should teach your child not only about how to respond to cyberbullying, but also how not to become a bully. Kids and teens socialize online and on their smartphones just like they do in person. Teach your child to behave online just as they would in person and the risk of cyberbullying goes down.
Hence, as a parent, you are recommended to check in on their digital life as you check in on their school days and other aspects of their lives, in a respectful way.