Staying Safe Online For Kids
Almost everyone has some form of social media in today’s world. Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even WhatsApp, more and more people are signing up to a number of social media applications. Connecting with your friends’ online, learning new things from trends and keeping up to date with the latest posts from your favourite celebrities or sports stars are some of the benefits of creating a social media account. However, parents must be aware of the potential problems and dangers that may arise if their child wants to create a social media account.
Here are some tips to keep your kids safe online:
- Check your privacy settings regularly and keep it as high as possible
- Don’t share your location
- Never give out your passwords to anyone
- Think about what you say online. Ask yourself if you would say that to someone when face to face
- Be respectful of other people, even if they don’t agree with your views, you do not have to be rude to them.
- Just because you post online, doesn’t mean that people won’t see it. Once online, it is out of your control on who sees the content posted.
- Don’t accept friend requests from people that you don’t know
- Don’t meet people online, even if you are starting to get along with them. If they continue to persist, speak to your parent or carer immediately
- Use the block feature if necessary
- Don’t post your phone number, email address and address online
- Always make sure to have parental controls on
In some cases, it may be useful to explore the website together with your child. Talk to your child by asking them questions about what websites that they enjoy. Try to be positive in what they see but also raise any concerns if necessary.
Written by Adoneyas Asfaw-Seyoum