Keeping your child safe online is more complex now than back in the 90’s. Technology has come on leaps and bounds since I was young. I still remember dial up internet! Back then internet tied up your phone line, so there was no cloak and dagger to it. If you were on the internet, the whole house knew about it. Also, the computer was a giant white box, that was in the dining room and everyone could see the screen. There was no privacy.
As a child, that irritated me. However, as a parent I would love to have that simple ‘no other option’ access to the internet for my child. That isn’t going to happen!
Munch is only 2 years old. However, I’m somewhat terrified to think where technology will be when she is of the age to access the internet. I hear stories of kids getting mobile phones and ipads at age 6.
It’s no good sticking my head in the sand praying that she’ll never discover the internet. The internet is a fantastic source of knowledge and used in the right manner, it can be fun, educational and informative from a young age.
How can you make sure your child is safe online?
One of my biggest fears is social media. We all use it, but do we feel comfortable with our children using it?
There are plentiful resources out there. Knowthenet.org is a great place to start. They have a great knowledge section for parents to help you understand where the threats are and how to protect your child against them.
As well as social media advice, you can also find advice on online gaming and cyber bullying and where to get help, should you need it. They will even help you establish ‘house rules’ on computer use.
If you are at all concerned about your child’s safety online, I recommend taking a look.
With resources such as this, we can be better in the know when it comes to keeping our children safe when using the internet.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of knowthenet.org