Internet safety is a weighty topic and that I’ve written about it several times, but I want all of you parents to have the latest information so you know how to keep your children safe online. It is getting more and more difficult, so updates are really important.
I was offered this article to share with you.
How To Keep Your Children Safe Online
Experts agree that children are at a greater risk for unwanted contact and exploitation by criminals than ever before. Unfortunately, this is due to the advent of the commercial Internet and, more specifically, social media.
While the Internet is a source of great knowledge covering almost every subject imaginable, as well as a portal into the wider world, it can also be dangerous – especially for children and teens. Though many sites, companies, and communities do what they can to police activity, upsetting speech, and images, disinformation, and cyberbullying are common across the World Wide Web.
Even today, television accounts for the majority of “screen time” in children under age 8. The typical American child consumes an average of three hours of screen time per day. 11% of these children use a cellphone, tablet, or computer. And, by age 8, 90% of all kids have used a computer in some capacity.
The Internet is undeniably a staple of everyday life for most people, including children and teens. Unfortunately, this includes a lot of criminals and predators who have developed sophisticated methods of hacking into home networks, personal computers, online accounts, and more.
Securing your child’s safety online by following some simple steps is no different from fastening their seatbelt or reminding them to brush their teeth.
- Be involved.
Children crave structure but they also vie for independence, which can lead to dangerous activity without understanding the possible consequences. Being involved in your child’s online activity can be enjoyable, and enlightening, way to spend time with them and also the best way to ensure they stay safe.
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