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Online safety for your children. 10 ways to keep them safe online

Online safety for your children. 10 ways to keep them safe online

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  • 1. Keeping Children Safe on the Internet. By Trevor Alston
  • 2. Step 1: Purchase a good firewall
    • By purchasing a good piece of firewall software you can not only prevent hackers, but nowadays you can limit the websites that a young person can view
    • For example, you can limit the viewable websites to wikipedia, dictionary, hotmail, etc
  • 3. Step 2: Be the Administrator on the PC
    • Make sure that you are the administrator on the computer and create a separate user account for your children which you will have all of the control over.
    • This limits your children and will restrict them as to what they can view and download.
  • 4. Step 3: Learn what your children learn
    • Learn what your children are learning by getting to know social networking websites such as Bebo, Facebook, MySpace, and create a profile on them to get to know them better.
    • This will make them aware that you can track their every move and may hinder them to act carelessly online.
  • 5. Step 4: Learn how to use chat software
    • By learning how to use msn messenger and yahoo messenger etc, you will be familiar with how to record conversations. You should insist that your children record their conversations so that you can scan through them.
    • This may seem intrusive, but its better to be safe than sorry
  • 6. Step 5: Keep your pc where you can see it
    • Locate the pc in a place in the house that gets a lot of attention.
    • If the pc is locked away in your child's bedroom, then there is more chance that someone can make them do something that they don’t actually want to do.
  • 7. Step 6: Check the history of the pc
    • By viewing the history, you are able to keep tabs on what your children can see. This will give you an idea about their surfing habits
    • If anything disturbing if found, then you can discuss it before it is too late
    • Click Ctrl + H to view the history
  • 8. Step 7: Talk to them about chat rooms
    • Chat rooms can be safe and fun, but the minority of people on there are disgusting and horrible. They use foul language and request to talk dirty with other people.
    • Warn your children to choose the right chat rooms and to notify you if he/she sees something they do not like
  • 9. Step 8: Know who to report to
    • You should know who to report any abuse that may happen on the internet.
    • The first port of call is obviously the police.
    • However, if it is less serious but is still causing you concern, then there are organisations you can go to report abuse:
    • Virtual Global Task Force
    • Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre
    • DFES funded Parent’s Centre on Bullying
    • Internet Watch Foundation
  • 10. Step 9: Monitor child's behaviour
    • Pay close attention to your child's behaviour.
    • If something doesn't seem quite right, ask more questions
    • Also, always know exactly where they are going when leaving the house.
  • 11. Step 10: Talk to your children
    • By talking to your children, you can be aware of what they would like to use the internet for, who the people are that they want to talk to (i.e only their friends etc).
    • They may also wish to look on normal websites (i.e manchesterunited.com etc)
    • By talking to them you can be more confident that their online activity does not need to be worried about.