Do you really think that your child is safe online? Well, think again!

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 04 April 2018, 10:23 Hrs   |    1 Comments
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Unlike the time when we were born, the new age you see is already developed and the tricky face of internet is raising a few eyebrows especially that of parents who are concerned about their kid’s safety being online.

However, the increase in the use of internet for communication and connectivity became a breeding ground for online scammers, thieves and even criminals. Just like everything else in this world, Internet also has its dark side which includes, regular fake ads, small viruses to online predators and there are chances where kids may find inappropriate content such as pornography or obscene language, cyber bullying and cyber harassment cases and many more. Apart from this, physical damages like eye strain, wrist strain are also seen among the kids. Also, Internet addiction is something that has to be taken note by parents, because it affects the kid’s offline life in a great deal.

Parenting nowadays involves the need of knowing what they are doing and where they are going, which means you need to be where your kids are. To insure that they’re safe, make them tell you their account details like username and password. Create a trust between you and your kids and promising them that you’re not asking credentials to spy, but to trust and verify.

One important thing to be taken care of is how much personal information is actually shared through the network while filling up, signing up or logging on into new websites. Websites take lots of personal info from user’s account and uses it somewhere else for other purposes. Kids using internet should be in a public space hence ask your kids to only do homework in their room and social media in the family room. Parents must ensure that conversations about safety is discussed with their children because the face of technology changes so rapidly and with the rise of IoT (internet of things) and AI/machine learning, this rate of change is only going to increase. The best time to have this conversation is before they have an email address, social media account or a smartphone to set ground rules and have conversations.

A final piece of advice for every parent is that, please teach them by example, show them, and don’t just explain them what to do, how to do and when to do.  Make sure to check your child’s privacy settings once in a while as social networks are constantly evolving, so you’ll know that your child’s profile is as secure as it can be.

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