So what are your kids currently interested in online?
How many of your children like to:
- Post to a social media site like Facebook, Twitter or Instagram?
- Text or play games on your cell phone or their own phone?
- Use Google to help with their homework?
- Play computer games or games on a PlayStation or Nintendo 3DS?
- Play in a virtual world like Club Penguin?
- Download music from iTunes?
- Watch videos on YouTube?
- Download apps from the App Store or Google Play?
What Parents Can Do:
- Talk with your child about online dangers, including sexual victimization
- Spend time online with your child exploring positive sites and teaching responsible use of the Internet
- Set limits with your child, determing when and how long to surf the Internet
- Protect your password, which should be required to go online, and enter it for your child each time the Internet is used
- Station computers with Internet access in the family areas of your residence – not in your child’s bedroom
- Utilize blocking software or filtering services offered by many Internet Service Providers
- Always maintain access to your child’s online account and randomly check his/her e-mail and Web browser history
- Never give a child your credit card number; enter the number for your child if he/she is making an online purchase
- Find out what computer safeguards are utilized by your child’s school, public library, and at homes of your child’s friends – all places where your child could encounter an online predator