The one thing that can be said about technology is that it is always evolving. That means new smartphones are coming out, and along with new websites and social networking sites. That also means the internet keeps growing and expanding. The internet can be an amazing source of information that you need. Yet at the same time, the internet can be a frightening place where you can come across disturbing content, in addition to coming in contact with dangerous people.
Teens and their parents must be properly educated on how to stay safe online since the internet can potentially be quite dangerous. There have been many horror stories of teens chatting with strangers online and ending up in frightening and in even deadly situations. If you are a parent to a teen, or nowadays kindergartners are sporting cell phone so if you are a parent to a child it’s always a perfect opportunity for you to learn about how to keep your child protected from the dangers that can happen online. Listed below are seven tips to keep your loved one safe on the internet.
If your child/teen is using the internet and social networking in a responsible and safe manner, the internet can be wonderful as it gives them an opportunity to learn new things, help them with school projects and to keep them connected with their friends and families. The internet itself is neutral, and it is a tool- the way it is used is what matters the most!
We have one more rule, one that I feel is the most important. Our children must turn their phones, computers and any other type of electronic internet gadget into us at night no later than 10:30. We also let them know that we are inclined to do an accountability audit at any time in which we may look through their texts, emails, and what they are searching on the internet. It is not that we don’t trust them but it is always good to know that that is a possibility and so they might strive to do and say only what they would around mom and dad.
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What do you do to keep your children and teens safe with all these wonderful gadgets and online access?
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Karie Babbitt is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer. Mother of three boys and one girl. She has raised a family of six on a single income for over twenty-five years. She will share how she budgets so she can travel to show her kids all fifty states before they leave her home. Her parenting fails and successes, budgeting tips, food and living life in bliss.