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ByBarbara Adams

Keep Your Teen Safe Online

Being a parent today is much different than it has been in generations past. Even though the Internet has been in homes for nearly 20 years, it has just been within the past 5 to 10 years that teenagers and children have had routine use of the Internet.
For this reason, most parents today have reached a point where they feel like their children know more about the online world than them.If you are one such parent, then this article is just what you need.

Steps To Protect Your Teenager’s Online

Ban bedroom computers:

The first step you should take is to ban computers from your teenager’s bedrooms. The entire family should use an ordinary desktop computer that is in a well-trafficked area in the house. Keeping the computer and your teenager in sight will help minimize where they visit online and what type of activities they can take part in. Limiting their computer time is also a good way to keep them safe.

Set ground rules concerning Internet use:

For example, many parents allow their teenagers to have their e-mail address but only if the parents have the passwords. When you use the computer, you can double check that this rule is being followed by checking the history and making sure no unauthorized email addresses are being used.
Also, social websites such as Facebook and Myspace should be keenly observed when your teenager logs into them. This is because they bring people together from all walks of life. They are a popular place for teens and preteens to meet one another and bond after school.

You can make sure your teens are staying safe by building their social networks account with them. This way, you know the password, and you can check in on the account from time to time. Make sure that you communicate to them the importance of limiting their communication to friends only.

There are many spam programs that will ask to be your child’s friend, and then expose them to inappropriate material. If your kids only accept friend requests from people that they know in real life, this cuts down on their exposure.

This way, you know the password, and you can check in on the account from time to time. Make sure that you communicate to them the importance of limiting their communication to friends only. There are many spam programs that will ask to be your child’s friend, and then expose them to inappropriate material. If your children only accept friend requests from people that they know in real life, this cuts down on their exposure.

Install firewalls or filters:

This helps to limit your teenager’s access to potentially harmful sites. It’s easy to find filters that are low-cost and even free.You can start your search on CNet, which catalogs various kinds of filters with unique features for a child’s different ages and stages.

Make sure that they don’t talk to strangers:

You can prevent a lot of problems by getting involved in your teenager’s online life. Visit websites together and let them show you where they like to “hang out” online. Encourage them to tell you about their online friends and how they spend their time online. If you are a part of their world, you’ll know exactly what they’ve been up to and whether they are following your ground rules or not.

Enable the security settings on search engines:

Google, for example, has a SafeSearch option that blocks websites with sexually explicit content from appearing in the search results. You can find this option by clicking “Search Preferences” from Google’s main page.

Google, for example, has a SafeSearch option that blocks websites with sexually explicit content from appearing in the search results. You can find this option by clicking “Search Preferences” from Google’s main page.

Guide your teenager as a parent:

Emphasize on the fact that, just because something is published on the Internet, it doesn’t mean it’s true. In addition, you need to give your teens proper guidelines to help them in discerning which sites are trustworthy and also give them a list of sites that you turn to for reliable information.

Use special software:

If you need to, you can take your level of parental protection to the next level with a professional monitoring software that will tell you just exactly where they have been. This type of software can also limit their usage to specific sites. This can be very helpful if your is a pre-teen.
In conclusion, it is always good to remember that protecting your teeneger online is easy if you involve yourself in what they are doing from the start. For example, interacting with your child and the Internet in a friendly way when they are still young is a lot easier than cracking down on bad online usage when they are 16 and just like with all other parenting areas, it’s better to try to prevent problems first.

ByBarbara Adams

4 Important Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe on Social Media

Social media is the new way of communicating. If it isn’t on social media, it didn’t happen. Kids today are naturally inclined to operate computers, software, and social media. It is important to keep your kids safe if they are on social media as so many dangers can befall them. Predators, bullies, scams and even abuse can happen through social media. The tips below will help you get some control over the safety of your kids on their social media.

1. Know what the different social media platforms are

Educate yourself about different platforms, what they are about, and their features. There are many out there and you should research the ones you know your kids are using. It might be good to create your own profile to see how it works and what the security and privacy settings are.

2. Set an age limit for when your kids can create their own profiles

Legally, most platforms don’t allow kids younger than 13 to create a profile. It is against the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act to collect information about kids under the age of 13. Tell your kids at what age they will be allowed to join social media platforms and explain why. If you just deny them access, they may secretly create a profile and make themselves vulnerable to predators.

3. Educate your kids about the dangers of social media

Explain to your kids about predators, scams, and the consequences social media use can have. Make sure that your kids know which danger signs to look for and encourage them to not have contact with anyone that they do not personally know. Give them real-life examples of cyberbullying and abductions.

4. Set fair rules regarding computer and social media use

Set rules regarding the time that is spent on social media and what is allowed to be shared. Keep the computer in a common area where it is visible to you. This will prevent untoward behavior and may help you identify when a dangerous situation presents itself.

Social media is great in many ways, but it can be very dangerous for kids. Make sure your kids are educated and smart when using social media.

ByBarbara Adams

6 Tips for Keeping your Children Safe When They are Online

The online world is constantly changing and with it the dangers that it holds. From scams to social media predators there are so many ways in which your children can be endangered. It is important, now more than ever, to be vigilant when it comes to taking precautions to keep your children and your home safe. If you are concerned about what may happen with your children while they are online, follow these simple tips to make your home networks safe.

Use good passwords. Secure your home network and any other documents or programs by using good and strong passwords that are hard to crack. The birthday of a loved one is not a good option.

Choose your security settings. Make sure that you enable and customize the security settings on your computers, networks, and social media to give your children and yourself maximum security when online.

Use an Internet security suite. These suites are your best defense against viruses, phishing, and other threats. Normal antivirus is no longer efficient and you should seriously consider a suite.

Educate your children on cybercrime and scams. If your children are old enough to be on social media and have their own emails, etc., educate them about not clicking on unknown links, opening emails from strangers, and other scams.

Advise your children to keep their passwords secret. Children should not share their passwords for social media, email, or other online sites with anyone – not even their best friends. They should always log off from their profiles when they are done. It is very easy for someone to get into their account and cause problems.

Explain what ‘online reputation’ is. Online reputation refers to the idea that your online activity and social media give others. Social media profiles, status updates, photos, groups you belong to, events you attend, etc. all paint a picture of you. If you are not careful, you may sabotage yourself and your reputation. Children need to understand this because many universities and employers use social media to screen applicants.

Education and awareness are the best way to keep your children safe. Security measures and a safe network adds the rest.