The Internet has provided people with the ability to connect with people from all over the world. People can expand their worldview by talking to people from other cultures, worldviews, and backgrounds. Unfortunately, the Internet also has its threats. The anonymity of the Internet makes it easy for predators to prey on unsuspecting children. Now that more children than ever use the Internet to talk to their friends, you need to know how to protect your child from the threat of Internet predators.
First, set up a computer nanny program. With these programs, you can block access to certain websites or only allow access to a restricted list of websites. Additionally, you can restrict the times that your child can access the Internet.
Keep an eye on the Internet history on your computerâ€™s web browser. After your child is done using the computer, you can look up the websites they visited. Checking up on any questionable sites is easy, and if they are on an inappropriate website you can use it as a platform for discussion.
The most important part of protecting your child is keeping them educated. Too often, kids think that their parentsâ€™ rules are arbitrarily restrictive and mean. If you explain, in non-graphic terms, the possible consequences of talking to strangers, your child is far more likely to follow your rules.
As a last resort, set up tracking software on your computer. Keyloggers and similar programs can keep track of everything your child types. Although you shouldnâ€™t use this for any reason other than ensuring your childâ€™s safety, it is definitely a last resort.
By talking frequently to your child and monitoring their online activities, you can make sure that their time online is pleasant. Although they may resent your rules, your childâ€™s safety is of the utmost importance.