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Tips For Keeping Your Children Safe On The Net

By Mark Warner

Kids could be at risk when surfing the net. For example, by being subjected to inappropriate material. More serious is the threat of online predators. This threat is enhanced if a child can use e-mail, chat rooms and other social-network sites. Here are some tips for keeping your children safe online.

It is important for parents to know what their children are using the internet for at all times. One way to do this is by having your computer in an open room. Parents should also discuss the dangers of the internet with their children and advise them to raise any concerns with them.

Confirm with your child that they understand the following; not to release sensitive information, not to meet face-to-face with someone they meet over the internet, never to e-mail their photo, not to spend money on the internet unless their parents consent and not to open files that come from an unknown source.

When a young child uses search engines, ensure that all words are spelled correctly. A small spelling mistake could lead to inappropriate material being brought up in search results.

Parental controls do exist to monitor activity and tell your child that internet usage is monitored. It is possible to have separate internet user accounts with different access rights. ISPs also provide filters and monitoring services. Furthermore, safety software is available for download that blocks access to certain sites. Implement a buddy system where all URLs are reviewed by a mentor. Consider sharing an e-mail address with your child and saving all frequently visited sites as bookmarks.

Do not forget that children can be at risk outside of the home too. You should confirm what access is available to children at school and in after school activities. Discuss this with teachers and activity leaders.

If at any point a parent is concerned that their child may be in danger, the local police can be contacted.

The World’s Geekiest Dad, takes his dual roles of geek and dad very seriously. On his website, he shares his geek dad take on a variety of gadgets and tools, including how to keep your kids safe online. Read more of his thoughts on SafetyWeb.

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Warner, Mark "Tips For Keeping Your Children Safe On The Net." Tips For Keeping Your Children Safe On The Net. 6 Jul. 2010. 30 Nov 2014 <>.

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