on Friday, June 7th, 2013 | No Comments
Visit Age-Appropriate Site
Make sure you know the sites your kids might explore and check them before your kids thus. Block adult content sites to keep your kids off from those pages.
Most internet browsers have search setting and filters, you can set the filters to not show adult and limit inappropriate search results.
Just like in outside world, tell your kids to never talk to strangers in cyberspace. Explain to them the hazards and dangers involved in communicating to strangers.
Be a Good Netizen
The internet is still like a playground, so teach your kids to play and conduct themselves nicely. A good cyber citizen follows the rule of thumb of the internet: if you would not do something in real world, you wouldn’t do it online.
Know how your children can report abuse and mean behavior or bad content on their favorite site and tech your kids to be vigilant on doing it. Also, establish your ground rules, expectations and limits in using the computer and internet for your kids to follow.
Keep the Computer in Public Place
Discourage your kids from sneaking into inappropriate sites by putting the computer in public areas in your house rather than keeping it inside their room.
Last and Definitely Not the Least, Get Involved
Keep track of your kids online, know what they usually do and how they have fun on the internet and get involved whenever you can. Teach your kids to use the computer, their mobile devices and the internet responsibly.
on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 | No Comments
Now that the GPS technology is available for almost every phone, kids will be exposing their location. Here are some privacy settings to keep in mind to make sure your kids stay safe even with carrying their smartphone or tablet PC with GPS feature, anytime, anywhere.
Set Privacy Settings
Almost all location services come with strict privacy setting, and if you can set it the right way, most often than not, you will be safe. Privacy setting in GPS will keep strangers from knowing where you are. Read and understand the privacy setting of each app to know how the setting works.
Make Sure People You Don’t Know Can’t Find You
The very first rule of location service is not identifying yourself with it. Posting your location is a big mistake. Also, never post your first name and last name, pictures, or anything that will help opportunistic individuals identify you in a particular place in a specific time.
Turn Off GPS When Not Using It
Make sure you turn off GPS when not using it, as location data can automatically be saved and upload from your phone to the internet, especially in you Facebook posts, Tweets, photos, videos, etc. This will give you a better control of the information you want to post.
Limit Your Digital Trail
Adding the places you’ve been in your online posts is like leaving a breadcrumb trail of all your activities on the internet. Internet sites and companies online are not very transparent on how they collect and keep information. Ads you get in smartphone is just one evidence the your information has already been tracked.
on Monday, June 3rd, 2013 | No Comments
With the development of modern technology and with how social media has propelled, internet has embarked on the interests of people especially with the young. Internet gives these children all the chances to explore new things, stay connected with relatives around the globe and for academic edge. But, responsible parenting must take charge because internet can be a source of evil and danger. If you do not supervise, your children might become victims of online crimes and exploitation.
However, there are steps that can be done to keep your children safe online.
- Position the computers that have access to the internet in a noticeable location inside your homes. This will allow parents or guardians to monitor the websites that their children often visit. When computers are kept in private rooms, there is a greater chance of visiting the inappropriate sites.
- Choose the online activities that are age appropriate. By doing this, your children will only be affiliated with online sites that are suitable for their ages.
- Deliberate online manner rules with your children. Mark them down and pin it near the computer to keep your children reminded at all times. Threaten them through removing their internet privileges once they break the rules. Keeping personal information private must be on top of your list.
- Install filtering and monitoring software. Software like Cyberpatrol can be used to block inappropriate websites. But, remember that this is just software and can be uninstalled. Still, keep an eye to your child, always.
on Saturday, June 1st, 2013 | No Comments
These days, it is not anymore shocking news if children are so literate with the internet. The influence of social media and the attraction of online gaming have been part of the factors. Yes, it could be helpful to let them become whizzes, but parents should be mindful about the fact that online exploitation and pornography have gone rampant. Responsible parenting is the key. Teachers, being parents also (for most cases), must teach them proper online behaviors. The whole community must take part on this before things get uncontrollable.
The Parent’s Perspective
Keeping your children safe in any aspect is a parent’s major responsibility. Control is always important. But, with cases that you have found out your child being involved in an online delinquency, never overreact by punishing him for the misbehavior. Instead, you can always talk to your child. Work with him on this so both can learn from the experience and build that wall to prevent it from happening to your child again.
Always Preach the Importance of Online Privacy
Confidentiality is important in a virtual world. Teach your child how to not disclose any personal information, unless talking or chatting with a close friend, over the internet. Make it a golden rule that before they can sign up for anything, your permission is a must. Preach about how important privacy would be and the risks if they give it up. The efficiency of this discipline lies on your hands. Superheroes cannot give protection this time, your child needs you.
on Thursday, May 30th, 2013 | No Comments
Nowadays, social media is becoming a part of a teenager’s life. You can see that every teenager has its own facebook account, twitter, tumbler and so many more. This will help them share their experience, information and getting updated with friends online. But there are times that over sharing your information may pose a certain stranger stalker. It is important that if ever your teenager is being too expressive to there social life in the internet, you should be notified immediately. Having an open communication with your teenager is a good way to protect them from over sharing their information.
Try also to teach them how to say no for an answer to a stranger. There are some strangers that are charismatic and can easily manipulate teenagers because of it. Just leave them alone or you can engage them only once. Also, it is important to not to meet the stranger face to face. You may never know if that person is carrying weapon in order for him to let you leek out some information that you have.
It’s important also to document everything you did: Chats, emails, private messages, everything. You may think that it’s troublesome for you to do that but it may help you in the future. Those things will be considered as proofs whenever stalking is on going and you may give it to the nearest police station so that they can investigate and may capture those people. Just remember to keep safe and protect your kids from dangers.
The world is full of surprises, good or bad.