The Internet is a great place for children to gain valuable knowledge about a variety of subjects, but it can also present certain dangers. While it’s great that the world wide web embraces the freedom of speech, sometimes freedom of speech means children may be subjected to images or words they should not see. It is not the job of the Internet to protect your children from harm, though, but rather it is your job as a parent and that is why it is important to be aware of what your child is doing when he or she surfs the web.
If you want to protect your child from the possibility of being subjected to inappropriate subject matter while using the Internet, here are some ways you can monitor your child’s online activity.
1. Talk About It
A good way to help make sure your child a safe Internet user is by talking to your child about appropriate Internet use. Explain to your child about the potential dangers on the world wide web and teach him or her to never speak with people he or she doesn’t know.
2. Install Safety Controls
All search engines come with a safe search option. When the safe search option is enabled, your child will not be able to access potentially inappropriate material on the Internet.
3. Keep Watch
If you want to be sure that your child does not have access to inappropriate subject matter while surfing the web, it is your job as a parent to occasionally check on what your child is doing when he or she is online. It’s best to place any computer your child uses in a public location where family members are always present to ensure there is always a watchful eye available to keep tabs on your child’s Internet usage. Try not to put a computer in your child’s bedroom because it may be too tempting for him or her to access inappropriate content if nobody is around.
4. Monitor Computer History
A great way to check and see what type of stuff your child is looking at while on the Internet is by checking your computer’s history or bookmarks. Both bookmarks and your computer’s browsing history will show every website your child has visited.
5. Block Inappropriate Websites
Make a list of all the websites you may deem inappropriate and block those websites from your computer. When inappropriate websites are blocked, your child will not be able to access these sites which in turn will lead to better computer safety for him or her.
These are just 5 of the most common things you can do to help protect your child by monitoring his or her computer usage. The Internet can be a valuable tool that can help instill a child with knowledge, but unfortunately the Internet can also present certain dangers. If you want to ensure that your child is safely and responsibly using the Internet, the above listed tips can help ensure the safety of your child while searching the world wide web.
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