These days, almost every home is hooked into the Internet. In fact, most homes have several devices hooked to the Internet. We are no different. Not only do we have our computer we mainly use, but we also have a laptop, our smartphones, and tablets for the children.
Technology has grown leaps and bounds over the past 10 years. With that, younger children are using the Internet more and more. In this fast-paced world, children must learn how to use them these days. There is no hiding them from it.
With the vast availability of online technology, keeping our children safe in the technological world brings new challenges. The Internet is a wonderful source of fun and knowledge when used correctly. It’s amazing how much information is available at our fingertips and at your children’s fingertips. Of course, we all prayed that our children will only see the good, but that is naïve.
As a parent, social media is one of my biggest fears. Sure, most of us use social media, but is it something we really feel comfortable with our children using? Look around your Facebook page and see how much trash is there that your children should not see. Does that scare you?
Luckily, there are many resources available to keep children safe online. One great place to start is knowthenet.org. That website provides a parent section to help you learn more about potential threats and how you can protect your children from them. A quick Google search will help you discover more resources to help you keep your children safe online.
Of course, teaching your children to use the Internet appropriately goes a long way in keeping them safe as well. Many children are not taught the dangers of the Internet, so they easily fall victim. They need to understand how to safely navigate the online world and the importance of telling an adult when something seems out of place.
Keeping your child safe online has become easier as more companies realize that parents are willing to spend money on devices that help monitor their children’s online activities. That’s a good thing for those of us intimidated by this world of technology.