According to AU Kids Online Survey, 76% Australian kids (9-16 years old) use Internet daily or almost daily while 22% go online once or twice a week. 85% of them use Internet to watch video clips while 78% played Internet games. It means the Internet has become an integral part of kids’ life in Australia.

There is no doubt that online resources have proved a great help in kids’ education. From exploring study materials to learning through video tutorials, today’s kids are heavily relied on virtual environment”.

But it can’t be denied that the digital world is full of risks like phishing, hacking, cyber-bullying, fraudulent activities, viruses and other safety concerns. And kids are soft target of these cyber threats.

AU Kids Online survey says that 30% of Australian kids are upset by some online content at some point. It further states that “the internet is the most common source of sexual images for Australian children (28%), although 22% say they have seen sexual images on television”

As a parent, you should make sure that your children stay away from such troubles. You need to ponder over the points like…

What are they watching over the Internet? How much time they spend online? Are they in touch with a stranger these days?

Here are some ways you can ensure your kids safety over Internet.

Discuss The Threats and Inappropriate Content with Your Kids

This is the first thing you can do to alert your kids about risks in online world. Tell them in simple and friendly language so that they understand the things easily. For example, you can tell them that hacker is a bad guy who can steal your pictures. However, it is uncomfortable to talk about inappropriate content with them. Here you can ask them if they have ever seen something online that made them feel scared, confused and depressed.

Figure Out What The Devices Are Upto

In this digital age, almost every digital device is Internet enabled, meaning that they let you access the Internet. For example, Kindles comes with a web surfing feature while Xbox One gaming consoles is equipped with Skype video chatting. This is why you should know what devices your kids own.

Monitor Online Activities

You can’t spy on your children every time when they use the Internet. In this scenario, using spying software is really beneficial. They let you monitor your kids’ activities online from anywhere. Some tracking tools send you an alert on detecting explicit content while some tools lets you know conversations, search terms and sites visited on your network.

Change Settings to Block Inappropriate Content

From social media to YouTube, there are many online platforms let you change the settings to restrict inappropriate content. For example, you can enable “Restricted Mode” setting in YouTube so that your kids don’t come across disturbing or obscene content.

Similarly, you can set the privacy control on their social media accounts like Facebook.

If you have Chrome browser, you can create a “supervised profile” to block explicit search results. It also shows you what websites your kids opened, and even block the websites they visit.

Install Antivirus on PC and Smartphones

Children are more prone to cybersecurity threats than adults. They can click on malicious links or download the infected software. Therefore, it makes sense to install antivirus software on your PC and smartphone to keep those malicious links on a bay.

Prefer Kid-Safe Browsers and Search Engines

For an improved security, you can install a kid friendly web browser. Zoodles is one of the widely recommended browsers available for Windows, iOS and Android.

You can also consider another kid friendly browser, Maxthon.

Educate Kids About Internet Security

Here are basic yet important things you can start with…

  • Don’t share your passwords with anyone.
  • Don’t reveal personal information than required.
  • Upload your posts carefully.
  • Don’t say something bad or abusive to other users.
  • Chat online with people you know and trust.
  • Don’t open email or message coming from strangers or unknown source.
  • Reports to parents if you see something disturbing or confusing over the Internet.

With the help of these steps, you can keep your children safe on the Internet.

Leave a Reply