Internet Safety Choices, Knowing the Internet.
Don’t hide Away Know the Internet. Know that its NOT going away. It’s the modern day equivalent to when Henry Ford invented the “Model T” car. The car is still very much alive and so is the internet.
And as with a car there is rules, safety and safety issues. Some obey them and some don’t. Learning to spot the rule breakers is every body’s job online. From Bullying Online to Cyber Thief education is key.
A healthy introduction is part of that education.
We send our children to school to get educated by people who are qualified to teach them, at their own pace and in a healthy environment.
With the internet we have to be that educator making it fun to learn, again at their own pace.
Agree with your child rules for Internet use. Make a list of online activities.
Know what your child is sharing (personal information)
Be aware that many web pages made for children ask them for personal information in order to access personalised content. Know what, when and where it is all right to reveal personal details.
A simple rule for younger children could be that the child should not give out name, location, phone number or photo without you.
Older children using social networking sites like Facebook should be selective about what friend’s to make, what personal information and photos they share. Once material is online you can no longer control who sees it or how it is used.
Teach your teens how to use and apply the privacy and security settings of the site. All responsible sites have a Safety Centre and a Block and Reporting system.
Learn security setting, when to use them with your teen, know how to use the privacy, safety and security settings of the site, before using it.
Being aware of information found online
Children use the Internet to improve and develop knowledge for school and individual interests. Children must be made aware that not all information found online is correct, accurate or even relevant to the subject.
Educate children on how to get and verify information by checking for alternative sources on the topic.
Not to believe the first thing they read
Stamp out bullying online
There is a code of conduct for the Internet, same as everyday life, there are informal ethical rules for how to behave when talking to other people on the Internet.
A rough guide is “do to others that you would have them do to you”.
Overall don’t be affraid of the internet there is alot of positive thing on the Internet and these outweigh the negatives.
As resources go the internet is an excellent educational resource for children, teens and adults.
There are millions of age appropriate sites for younger children and teens. Encourage your children to use such sites and to avoid registering for sites and services with adult content and behaviors.
Help your child understand and apply all the privacy and security settings on the internet.