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Published on: 16 Mar 2017 by avasage

What we need to know about Internet safety

The Internet is really a resourceful place for any kid in
the world. Books to read, cartoons to watch, and a host of them. Gone are the
days when you need to be in class to copy an assignment. Nowadays the materials
are sent via email or other means. The kids do their research and submit them
online. But how safe is the internet? And how can we protect our kids from
inappropriate contents?

Just as you cannot leave your kid in a playground, park or
supermarket unguarded, that is the same way you can not be sure about kid's
safety online. The online world is cruel. The adult contents pages are
uncensored and even when a simple question is asked ‘you need to be 18+’. The
kid just needs to click yes and access is granted.

Online predators have ‘swarm’ games chat rooms, various
social media platforms and taking advantages of our kids pretending to be their
friends. Cyberbullying is on the rise. Mean words being sent to harass,
embarrass and threaten kids because of their color, ideas or likes and that is
really unfair. These have long term psychological effects on kids. Some of
these effects are depression, anxiety, and even suicide thoughts. According to
statistics, only 1 out of 10 kids tells a parent of being bullied.

So how can we help kids and make the Internet safe for them?
Parents need to talk to their kids about it. The kids need to be told of the
dangers relating to chatting with strangers online, revealing personal details
like their real names, age, and home address. Or discussing family issues with
strangers online. Kids should be encouraged to report any unusual persuasion
for personal information from any online friend. Online Chat rooms should be
regulated and approved by parents.

Parents must keep up with technology. They should remember
that kids are in a different generation. So parents need to learn the digital
language and apps their kid use.

Browser settings must be enabled to filter safe and harmful
web content. This can be done quite easily on any browser. Unfortunately, most
browsers cannot stop all online hazard. Parents could add parental control softwares such as mSpy to
assist them with blocking of those websites and giving browser history records
and keylogger features. By using parental control apps parents could know
exactly what their kids are up to and protect them.

The best thing every parent should do is to always be there
for kids and let them know about it.  Learn
to listen to kids and do not be too judgmental. Build their confidence in
reporting issues with you.

Let’s make the Internet safe for our kids, and let the
change start with you and me.

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