Internet security threats and devices do not look at age. Users of children are also vulnerable to cyber attacks. Therefore, it is important for parents to chat with their children, about the safety of surfing the internet.
“Internet security is a ‘heavy’ topic, it seems difficult to talk about it with children.” Do any of you think that?
“The conversation about surfing the internet can always be done by parents to children. This is to ensure that they can learn while playing online comfortably,” Facebook wrote, as quoted from its official statement on Tuesday (07/23/2019).
Now, to coincide with National Children’s Day July 23, 2019, Facebook invites adults, especially parents to play a role in overseeing and protecting your children, younger siblings or nieces when surfing the internet, especially when using social media (social media).
Children are now growing up in the online world. Take your time to introduce the basics of privacy and security so that they understand and distinguish which ones are safe and what aren’t.
Keep in control
Naturally, children have high curiosity and will try many things as they age. You can download the application or activate the feature that functions as a Parental Control on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, and also an internet connection.
This method can filter and block inappropriate content, while controlling how much time children spend when surfing online.
Give a limit
Remind children about the time they can spend surfing online, including exploration of websites, playing in various applications, playing games, and exchanging messages.
Basically, ‘don’t do anything online that you don’t do yourself’. It is important to remind children that anyone can see our social media profiles, posted content that is difficult to delete, and leave a digital footprint.
The internet is a complete source for children to learn. Invite the children to discuss what websites they like to access, and what activities they do there.
Understand that sometimes children accidentally open inappropriate content and they can immediately report it to you.
Make a deal
Choose the right time to convey the message and the rules that you make. The first day a child gets a smartphone or tablet, is the best moment to provide guidance on online activities that they can do.
The responsibility of adults and parents is to protect children, including protection in the online world. When the child is big enough, make sure you remain friends and follow the social media. Surely there will be rejection at the beginning. But, make this one of the conditions so that they can get internet access.
Follow the agreed rules. That is, no one can open a smartphone, laptop or tablet, including not being able to send electronic messages while having breakfast or dinner together. Or if you have to do it, explain to children, some rules can be applied differently to adults.