Parents need to remember how to make the Internet a safe and educational tool for their child in order to protect him from negativity and various risks. Only negatives and prohibitions can not deal with computer addiction and troubles awaiting children on the Internet. It must be remembered that the Network not only carries great risks, but also contains a lot of useful information and knowledge. That is why every parent should know about certain filters, as they will protect children on the web.
Parents should teach their children to follow the basic safety rules of working on the Internet. As children grow older, new explanations of safe online behavior are added, which parents need to remember:
- Do not enter unfamiliar sites. Do not click on suspicious links. Do not respond to spam.
- If you received a Word or Excel file by mail, even from a familiar person, be sure to check it for viruses before opening it.
- Never send your password to anyone. Try to use a hard-to-remember set of numbers and letters for passwords, and also change them periodically.
- When communicating on the Internet, do not share your personal data, but use a pseudonym (nickname). When communicating, it is better to choose a nickname that does not allow you to determine gender and age (you should not make your birth year part of a virtual pseudonym). Never give out information about yourself that may indicate that you are a child.
- Standards of behavior and moral principles are the same in both the virtual and the real world. In virtual space, it is necessary to behave in exactly the same way as in reality. Do not be rude, do not swear or insult others.
- Illegal copying of other people’s labor products (music, games, programs, etc.) is considered plagiarism (intentional misappropriation of authorship of another’s work).
- Do not believe everything that you see or read on the Internet. If you have any doubts about the veracity of any information, you should seek the advice of adults. Teach your child to be selective about the information on the Web and always check it.
- You can’t give other Internet users your personal information (address, phone number, school number, favorite places for games, the location of the child and parents, plans for long trips, holidays and vacations, photos of expensive things, photos of an apartment, car or house, information about personal documents, car numbers, photos of personal documents, bank cards, etc. Do not send photos to people you don’t know, and strangers don’t need to see your personal photos.
- If you are chatting, using instant messaging programs, playing network games, doing something on the Internet that requires a username, then select this name with adults to make sure that it does not contain any personal information.
- Do not save important information on a public computer. Tell your child that if they used someone else’s computer (tablet, smartphone) to view their page on a social network, they must log out of their account when they are finished. You can’t save passwords on other people’s devices – attackers can use this.
- Online friends may not really be who they say they are, so you should not meet with online friends in person. The main principle: if a stranger seems suspicious, threatens, promises gifts, money or insistently asks for something, communication on the Web with him must be stopped immediately.
- In the event of a feeling of awkwardness or anxiety during a virtual dialogue, as well as if the interlocutor obsessively insists on transferring the relationship to real life, you should stop communicating and inform your elders. A virtual acquaintance should not develop into a real one. If such a decision is made, the meeting should take place in a public place and under the supervision of parents.
- Learn to trust intuition. If something on the Internet makes you feel uncomfortable, share your experience with adults.
- Use the webcam only when communicating with friends. Make sure that strangers do not have the opportunity to see you during a conversation, as it can be recorded.
- Do not add strangers to your contact list (ICQ, MSN messenger, social networks, etc.).
These tips will help protect your child from negativity on the Internet, but they need to be regularly reminded. You can monitor your child’s actions on the Internet using special applications, for example the Find my kids app, which will help protect children and prevent future problems.