It used to be called the "Golden Rule", the way to keep your kids safe while online.
Putting the computer in a highly visible space in your home and your kids would
be safe, right? Not anymore. Cell phones are no longer just phones. They are a lot
"smarter" now! They are basically a computer that fits into your pocket.
With the capabilities of smart phones and tablets, and the availability of Wi-Fi
at almost every restaurant your kids can connect just about anywhere. This can be
problematic for parents who want to monitor their children and their online activities.
There is a Canadian web page that is an excellent tool and teaching guide for parents
to help build an online safety net for their children and assist them in communicating
the dangers that they may encounter.
www.thedoorthatsnotlocked.ca. Parents should talk to their children about
safe use of the internet and the importance of passwords and never releasing personal
The Government and schools can only do so much to protect your children. The protection
must continue with the parents at home. Here are some simple rules to follow:
- Set privacy settings on social networking sites, search engines and online games.
- Engage in online activities together
- Know who your children are communicating with
- Create a list of approved online websites
- Know your child's password and online identity
Explain to your child about sending inappropriate photographs, once you send a picture
online, you have no control over it. You cannot control the recipient's actions
once he or she receives your photo. Pictures are never really completely removed
from the internet. Creating, possessing and distributing sexually explicit images
of someone under the age of 18 are illegal. Engaging in these activities can result
in criminal charges. Remember, the internet is an educational tool that will play
an important role in the rest of your child's life. Ensure they know how to use