Do your kids use computers? When I was a kid, my parents picked software they thought would be educational for us to use, and we were then allowed to play educational computer games for set time periods every day. My kids have much more restricted access, and it’s all because our computer is online. There are educational computer games for kids that I recommend, but even with those kids could click one link and then another and end up somewhere they didn’t intend to.
Internet Safety Tips: How to Keep Kids Safe Online
The internet is here to stay, and I want my children to know how to use this valuable tool. Here are a few things we do to educate them:
- All computer use in our house is public – including mine and Mike’s. We feel that our kids learn a lot by seeing how we decide where to go online and what information to share in what contexts.
- We encourage our kids to ask questions about what we do online. My seven-year-old reads my blog every day – and all three of my older kids (the baby doesn’t really know the blog exists yet) have a lot of say as to what you see here and what doesn’t go online. If they don’t want it on the blog, it doesn’t go on the blog!
- Rules about age use and websites are strictly enforced. Facebook has a no-users-under-13 policy, for example, and it’s there to protect kids.
- When our kids do get old enough to use social media, we will be sure to be active members of their social media circles. We want to be part of our kids’ lives online as well as off.
- Mike and I try to stay on top of current technology. The fact that I blog and Mike is a computer scientist certainly helps!
- As our children grow older, we will likely use an internet management system easily monitor, filter, and set limits on internet use.
What internet safety tips do you have to share?