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Making internet a safe place for your child things parents can do to keep their child safe online

Say ‘YES’ to the Safe Internet
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Children are innocent, full of trust, and never expect anybody to do any harm to them. As a result, they are gullible and easy victims of Catfishing. Catfishing is a common occurrence in which someone misrepresents oneself in order to obtain something from someone else.

As parents, we normally do everything we can to keep our children safe and healthy. Whether it is telling them to wash their hands before every meal, be cautious while crossing the street, come back home on time and the list goes on and on. But what are we doing to keep children safe from bullies, predators, and improper content on the internet?

Understanding or using technology is unquestionably important in today's environment. You must, however, be watchful and aware of what your child is exposed to in the digital world. Here’s our take on how you can keep your children safe online:

 

COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY

From a young age itself, there should be open communication between you and your child. This will create a relationship where your child will feel safe to discuss any issues that he/she has faced online without being judged. Sometimes, all they look for is someone who can just hear them out! While it is important to be strict on some occasions, it is equally important to have a calm discussion with your kid and offer your advice.

 

BEING A FRIEND TO YOUR CHILD COMES IN HANDY IN THE DIGITAL WORLD

As adults, we are aware that some people online are not who they claim to be, but children can be naive about who they are chatting with if they are not taught to be cyber wise from a young age. Make friends and connections in your child's social media circles, and keep an eye out for any unusual content. Be open to discuss any matter that bothers you directly with your child and not his/her peers or parents.

 

TEACH THEM HOW TO HANDLE THE OCEAN OF CONTENT AVAILABLE ONLINE

The internet is used by the majority of children to study and learn for schooling and personal interests or to play games. At the same time, they should be made aware of all the other content available on the internet beforehand so that they can make the right judgment whenever required. An open discussion about right and wrong will help your child in the digital world.

STAY CALM AND AVOID BEING OVERLY CAUTIOUS

Parent controls and settings come in handy only for a limited amount of time! Sooner or later children grow up and can access all kinds of information online. While it is extremely important to stay connected with your child and keep a check on them from time to time, it may not be the best idea to be overly cautious and judgemental of their choices. At the right time and age, it is also necessary to give them the space and independence they need to make their own decisions.

DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF DATA INTEGRITY

Most apps, networks, and devices include location-specific capabilities that broadcast your whereabouts and can bring someone right to you. These functionalities should be used with caution for reasons of privacy and safety. Digital photos also contain metadata (information about the time, date, and GPS coordinates) which may reveal more than you want to. Some social media networks automatically conceal or erase this data, but not all, so at the right age discuss this with your children.

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Educate yourself on how to be safe on social media so that you can give your children the best advice. Sign up for awareness drives where you and your kids can learn how to utilize the privacy settings and reporting procedures. Understand the role of cyber police and trustworthy governance of the internet.

 

There is no doubt that the internet provides numerous opportunities for learning and progress, but it also provides opportunities for cyber predators. However, with the necessary measures and safeguards in place, as well as open communication with your children, you can ensure that your children remain secure online!!

 

 

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