In recent years, the Internet has changed the way we live. It’s now possible to search for answers, place orders for anything you may need and communicate with one another all in the same place. For as much good as the Internet has brought, there are dangers that loom within it too. The Internet can be especially dangerous for children, who may not be aware how serious these threats can be. If your child is using the Internet, there are several things you can do to protect them.
Limit and Monitor Their Time
For young children, set limits for the amount of time they’re allowed to use the Internet each day and, if possible, try to keep an eye on them when they’re at the computer. This may mean doing work in the same room so you can constantly glance up and police their activity. You can also go back and monitor the history of your computer to make sure they haven’t visited any unsafe websites.
Install Parental Controls
Most Internet browsers (Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari etc.) offer security safeguards and content filters that will keep your child from accessing offensive language, nudity, sex and violence.
Explain the Importance of Keeping Information Private
Most children don’t get themselves in trouble on purpose; typically, it’s a lack of knowledge. Make sure your children know they should never share their real names, where they live, where they go to school or places they visit often online. It’s important to drive this information into your child’s mind regularly so they know how serious you are.
Know the Ratings
If your child likes to play games online, they should only be playing age-appropriate games on websites that share the ratings for every game.
By focusing on your child’s safety online, you greatly reduce the chance he or she will get into a situation that puts them in danger. For more information on child safety, helpful health tips and up-to-date medical information, check back in on the Medical City Children’s Hospital Urgent Care blog regularly.
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