You can never be too careful when it comes to internet safety and your children. The biggest mistake that parents make is allowing their kids to have online access without establishing set rules, or without stressing the dangers associated with going online. When kids have free reign over online usage, there is a high probability that they will make mistakes. Perhaps the best thing that you can do is to go over several key internet safety tips to help them steer clear of getting into trouble. This is a necessity in an era in which teens go online to talk to friends, and to establish new friendships.
One tip that is important to emphasize is to never post your location. This includes addresses and even towns within cities. It is not difficult to find where a person is located, especially when the name of a school is provided. There have been cases in which online predators have gone to a kid’s school to kidnap them after they found out where they were located. Providing street names, favorite places to eat and other information is a recipe for disaster, so these points need to be emphasized.
Personal information, such as first and last names, phone numbers, details of wage slip and salary slips and e-mail addresses should never be posted on websites such as Twitter and Facebook. Make sure that your child’s social media website is only available to his or her friends. This will prevent complete strangers from being able to look at their profile and target them. It is always helpful to do a weekly check of your child’s social media accounts to determine if any potential dangers are taking place. This is not over protection, but it is good parenting. These tips, and others, will help you to keep everyone within your home safe.