Children are more connected to the internet than ever. According to Roy Morgan Research, young Australians aged 6 to 13 years old spend an average of 10 hours/week online. A lot of information that can compromise the safety of a child can be shared within that timeframe. Thankfully, there are things you can do to keep your children safe online.
Talk to your children about what they are watching and reading online and who they talk to. Ask about the apps they use and the sites they visit and check these out later. Try to make the conversations as casual as possible, like asking them what they did at school today. Children are unaware of cybercrimes, so try your best to avoid an aggressive voice.
According to UNICEF and partners, millions of children have become more susceptible to online harm as they become increasingly dependent on the internet due to the pandemic. School closures, containment measures, and physical distancing have dramatically increased children’s screen time. They rely on the internet for connection, entertainment, and learning.
Ask your children what they think are appropriate behaviour on the internet. Listen to them and strive to reach an agreement. Please remind your child to practice caution like they do in actual situations.
Designate a place in your home where your children can use the internet. Make sure it allows different vantage points so that adults can see what they’re doing online. For mobile devices, reset the Wi-Fi passcode from time to time so that you know when they are going online.
While you can check the browser history, you don’t want to keep doing this as your children grow. This is why open communication lines are crucial.
“A safe online experience begins with safe devices. Invest in fortifying your devices with reputable anti-virus solutions. Update all your software products regularly, use strong passwords, and never download any suspicious material. Train your child and other members of the family in recognising methods of phishing.", advises Karina Wolfin, Direct Appliance Rentals operations manager.
Wolfin has observed a rise in computer and tablet rental since the pandemic struck and always reminds clients to install security solutions before using any device.
Innocent browsing can turn into an unpleasant encounter. So, it’s essential to use all parental controls offered by internet service providers, web browsers, and devices. Some features block sites explicit content and sites with a suspicious origin. Although the filter isn’t 100% accurate, they are significantly helpful in protecting children. Here’s a comprehensive guide on parental controls.
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WRITTEN BY ANGELINA JACKMAN