In this age, children and internet are two inseparable words. The advent of smartphones and tablets has brought a positive change in our lives. However, for kids, too much exposure to these can be adverse to their development. There is a famous saying, “excess of anything is harmful”. Likewise, if a child is allowed to spend too much time with gadgets and internet this can be hazardous for their growth.
Today, the world we are part of is home to people who communicate more via internet than they do face-to-face. Nowadays, children as young as five know how to operate a mobile device and surf the internet. While most kids and tweens across the globe have access to the internet, they do not have the wisdom to spot and avoid online targets. Lately, the children have become the soft target of these websites and applications on the internet.
Consequently, it turns out that the impetus is on the parents and the teachers of the school to guide the children regarding the useage of Internet in the school. It is their responsibility to ensure that the children get proper guidance about various aspects of online safety. In addition to this, here are some tips that might help you in this regard.
- Check the sites your child has access to: Children need to understand that sharing personal information over the internet is dangerous. Basic information such as name, age, address, their school’s name, photographs, etc. should never be shared online. Individuals or organizations with a bad motive can use this sensitive information can commit heinous crimes like identity theft, kidnapping and extortion.
- Educate them about importance of credentials: Children should never share passwords with anyone over the internet. Whether it is a close relative or a friend, children are advised to never reveal this particular piece of info. Also, the passwords they choose should be strong and ideally be a combination of numbers and uppercase and lowercase letters.
- Monitor their time on the Internet: Although anyone can be cyber-bullied, children are most prone to it. They should be able to recognize it and avoid it at all times. Children should inform either parents or teachers about it and not participate in any such malicious activity; an important criterion of online safety.
- Social ‘Menace’ Media: This is the age of social networking. Naturally, children are the most active social media users. They should be taught about the do’s and don’ts of posting stuff on their profiles. The child should never be allowed to post personal photographs or write anything bad against anyone. They should refrain from becoming friends with strangers online.
- Anti-virus programs: Children must never download random files from the internet. Such files may contain virus that can crash the entire computer and even weaken the online security, thus enabling hackers to take charge of the computer.