5 Ways to Protect Children Online {Guest Post}

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Guest contributor Kristen Brophy weighs in on how parents can protect their children online.

YouTube, Facebook, and Google are all powerful contributors to the digital world of information. The ability to communicate and search at such high-speeds benefits our kids in many ways, like aiding in research projects and providing entertainment. However, while the Internet is an educational and fun place for children, without proper supervision, it can also be dangerous and distracting.

5 things parents can do to enhance their child’s safety online

Whether you have a tween who’s obsessed with social networking sites, a young child who’s vulnerable to unfiltered Google searches, or a toddler who uses your computer as a virtual playpen, here is a list of 5 things parents can do to enhance their child’s safety online.

Install

Parental Control Software is an online computer program that filters dangerous or inappropriate content and safeguards your kids’ Internet interaction. The software also offers tailored capabilities for parents to keep their child safe and/or productive while using their home computer.

Educate

Find out what websites children frequent to identify and understand the risks they pose. Being aware of website content also influences which parental control software to use and which sites to block.

Teach children what potentially dangerous sites look like, while showing them how to identify and navigate their online world without being hurt. Tell children not to post personal information like photos, names, addresses, phone numbers or schools.

Manage

Arrange times when a child is allowed on the Internet and keep computers out of children’s bedrooms and in communal areas of the house. By keeping computers out in the open, children are less inclined to view and access inappropriate material. Managing an online schedule reduces children’s chances of being exposed to inappropriate content.

Communicate

Create a relationship with children that allows for open communication. Let children know that their safety is a priority and make them feel comfortable sharing, should something happen – be it cyber strangers, bullies or inappropriate e-mail. Open communication makes children more likely to approach a parent about issues.

Read

Websites targeting children are legally required to have a link to a privacy policy on their homepage. Even websites for general audiences, which have a children’s section, must post a link to their notice.

Read the policy to know what type of personal information the website collects and if it will be transferred to third parties. Then, decide whether to authorize the website to collect that information. Websites do not require your consent.

About the Author: Kristen Brophy is a writer at FindTheBest, an unbiased, data-drive comparison engine. She is also a freelance writer, an avid runner and her mom’s biggest fan. Tweet her @brophyK.



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1 KenS December 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm

In the software department, try our new PC Pandora 7.0!! Don’t rely on just filters and blocks, KNOW what your kids are doing on those PCs you bought and paid for!

Right now we have it on sale for half off too! Happy Holidays! Monitor those new PCs and protect your kids!

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