I have noticed lots of technology-based charter schools and preschools popping up around my city. My family didn’t purchase a computer until I attended high school, and I learned how to use the internet in college. Today, I can’t imagine my life without email or online newspapers. So much has changed in such a small amount of time…it is truly amazing. How do parents stay on top their children’s online usage and keep them safe? For many parents, the computer is a household necessity for their family’s academic and social needs, but are they spending the time upfront to prevent unwanted habits and predators?
Safe Surfing Strategies
- Start early in life. Play age-appropriate games and check out kid-friendly websites together.
- Bookmark pages for your kids so they can reach them easily and without hassle.
- Set boundaries for time, websites, and online chatting. Set up parental controls and passwords to protect against sensitive materials and inappropriate sites.
- Have one family computer set up in a community space.
- Talk to your children honestly about the dangers of chatting with strangers and online bullying of school mates.
- Teach your older kids how to use search engines and online catalogs correctly.
- Let your kids know that you are monitoring their online activities.
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