Keeping your Children Safe Online

Educate Yourself - Be Vigilant

Communication - Use a VPN

Updated: October 22, 2019
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
Children Safe Online

Keeping children away from the dangers of the Internet may seem like fighting a losing battle. But sticking with a few basic guidelines and teaching your kids about safe surfing will help tremendously

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act

In an attempt to make the Internet safer for children. Legislation was passed in 1998. This was the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) It did had some good points. One of them was a parental control for children online under the age of 13. However, in practice it really didn't work that well, Kids figured out how to get around the safety guards. And it didn't protect kids as much as it punishes those Websites for being what they are and making their content available to anyone

Educate Yourself

The Internet is the greatest resource of information. Both good and bad. Knowing what the Internet can offer, what mistakes you should avoided, and what your children may get their hands on, will put you in a more comfortable position to be able to advise them. Special classes might be available in your region or you can take online courses, which can educate you about the Internet and provide some guidance on how to make sure your children are safe using it. Also see: Keeping Your Kids Safe Online With Parental Controls

Communication is Key

The main concern for you is to protect your children while online. Educating and talking to them about Internet safety is paramount. They must always know that they are welcome to come to you if they have any questions. You should ask your kids what they do on the Net as well as what kind of websites they go to. If your kids are use instant messaging and chat rooms, be sure that they know who they are chatting with. Never let your kids meet people they have met online without talking to you first. Social media services such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat are very popular among teens and their friends. But these sites might lead children into giving out their or your personal information. These Services do have privacy settings to assure that your profile could only be seen by people you know. As the Parent, you should insist your child set up these privacy settings. When educating your children help them to understand what inappropriate content is. Also make them aware that they should never run any unknown programs. Or provide any information especially personal information to people they do not know

Being Vigilant

It may be a good idea to place your children's computers in the main living area to keep an eye on their web activity. This can be particularly important for younger kids and can help you educate your kids further. Monitoring how your kids use those mobile phones is much more difficult

Use Available Applications

There are apps specifically designed for parental control that can help keep your children safe on the Internet. As they get older they will learn how to by pass parental control software. But this can still be helpful to stop younger children from unintentionally stumbling across inappropriate Websites. And for those rare species of kids that actually listen to their parents

Purchase a VPN

This can help your home computer and other mobile devices. A VPN will provide that extra peace of mind for you. It hides your real Internet location and transmits all the data you send and receive via an encrypted tunnel. This way, it keeps your private information and communications away from hackers, cyber-criminals, and other third parties
We recommend the tried and tested NordVPN

Search Engine Filters

Most of us do not even know about this feature. But do make sure that the Search Engine your kids use has a search filtering option enabled
Instead of going straight to the Search Engines, use the below links that has the "Safe Settings" enabled by default"
Google SafeSearch
Microsoft Bing SafeSearch
Yahoo SafeSearch
Ask.com SafeSearch by Norton

ISP's

Some Internet Service Providers (your ISP) offer the possibility to run parental control / content filtering for your Internet connection. You may consider contacting them to see if this solution is available. It may even be more safer than separate applications
You should also be running and updating your Antivirus Software regularly because your child might download an infected file or visit a malicious website


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