Four Ways to Protect Your Kids Online
“Sex”ting is on the rise! A study in the US shows more than one in four, or 28 percent of teens aged 15 and 16 have admitted to having sent a naked picture of themselves via text or email.
Plus those teens who engaged in sexting were also found to be as much as 82 percent more likely to be having sex compared to the non-sexting teens!
Protect your kids by monitoring their online activity! Here are four ways you can do this, according to Microsoft.com
Step 1. Decide where your child can and can’t go on the Internet
It’s a good idea to visit some sites for kids. Pay particular attention when sites collect personal information. You can also block inapproriate content. There are software programs that allow you to do this.
Step 2: Increase your security and privacy
In addition to blocking inappropriate content, it’s a good idea to block sites and downloads that might be a risk to your security and privacy. Teach your children not to download software from unknown sources on the Internet or ask your permission before they download anything.
Step 3: Monitor where your kids go online
It might not be possible to be present whenever your children are online. But it is possible to check later to see where your children have spent their time online.
By reviewing the History list in Internet Explorer, you can see all the places your children visited online. To view your Internet History, click the History button on the browser toolbar.
Step 4: Remind kids not to talk to strangers online
Real-time chats, social networking, and instant messaging can be a great way for children to discuss their interests and build friendships. But the anonymity of the Internet can also put children at risk of falling victim to imposters and predators. To help minimize your children’s vulnerability, teach them to take precautions such as:
- Use only a first name or nickname to identify themselves.
- Never disclose a phone number or address.
- Never send photographs of themselves.
- Never agree to meet someone they met online without supervision.