Internet Safety for Children

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Many websites allege a good way to increase a child’s safety on line is to talk to him. to   We agree communications is an excellent way to establish guidelines for children, However think about that for a moment.  Remember when you were a child, most children discussed things with their parents they felt their parents would approve of.   If you have kids you would like to protect on-line please scroll to the bottom of this page to ensure you’ve read all the information Grandma SN has provided for your use to protect your kids on-line.

In addition to viewing websites you approve of, the Internet offers your child:

  • The opportunity to become computer literate
  • To review websites that could lead him into a career he is passionate about
  • And allow him to review everything he or she wants to learn about.

Most experts agree, the earlier you start your child using computers, the better.   Help Grandma SN provide the kiddies with a list of places they might like to visit.  And you can do your part by taking whatever steps are necessary to prevent their use of websites intended for adult, or other than childhood viewing.  Be certain to go over this list of safety tips with your child to be certain he knows how to stay safe on line:

GRANDMA SN’s LIST OF SAFETY TIPS FOR CHILDREN

  1. Research software designed to act as a filter to what may be viewed on-line.  Most browsers like Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer and others offer features to block out entire ranges of material that may be objectionable to children.  Additionally, in the summer of 2016, Grandma SN and the Saafenet corporation will introduce a free software product that will allow you to eliminate websites you don’t want your children to see.  The software will be birth date activated so adults may still have unlimited access to the Internet.  The Saafenet Corporation’s website is under construction now, but will be available soon and may be reached at http://www.saafenet.com.
  2. Some websites offer parental controls.  If you find your child is visiting a website with such controls, you should immediately learn to use them, if that website contains content or images you are uncomfortable having your children review.  Even if you are wrong, its better to be safe than sorry when it comes to the well being of your child, or another child you may be responsible for.
  3. Many predators use the Internet to communicate with individuals they have been able to determine are children through pictures on e-mail, memberships in social networks where children are allowed and other means.  Children must be made aware of what a predator is and be warned to never surrender private or personal information on-line.  Their actions could endanger the entire family.  Children must be reminded that they should not share pictures of themselves, the family or their home address on-line.  And, under no circumstance should they arrange to meet with anyone they meet on-line either at or away from home.
  4. Children should be instructed to never open e-mails from unknown sources, especially those that include attachments.  E-mail attachments may contain viruses, malware and other things that can damage the family computer, denying everyone its use.
  5. Nothing on-line is completely private so children must be warned to be careful of what they write or share on-line.  In addition to a disregard for the previously mentioned warnings, a child could cause a parent to be blindsided by unexpected legal action if your child or another child uses your computers to bully or send threatening communications to someone you may not even know.
  6. Children must be made to feel comfortable to discuss concerns they may have about their ventures onto the Internet directly with you.  If they fear discipline for something someone else is doing on-line they may never discuss it with you.  In order to make the Internet the tremendous learning tool it can be for them keep the lines of communications open.
  7. Be certain your child is aware of the dangers of lying about his age to get into a social network.  Though Face Book spends millions of dollars trying to keep the site clean, and has rules the membership is expected to honor, there is still a great deal of nudity, pornography, romance scams and other things most children would not be ready for.  The same thing happens on the other social networks as well, so it is not just limited to any one of them.

After reading Grandma SN’s suggestions for protecting children, won’t you please take a moment to review the rest of our website.  We offer seven suggestions for Internet safety for Teens, Adults, and Senior Citizens.  But the most attractive feature of this website is Grandma SN’s list of recommended websites and blogs to visit and her list of not recommended list of Websites you may want your kids teens and seniors to avoid.   Then email us at opinionss@grandmasn.com with your ideas for Internet safety for every member of the family and include your opinion of websites you feel are worth visiting and those that aren’t.  When we receive at least 75 recommendations of either positive or negative content and images on a website or a blog, it’ll be added to Grandma SN’s list.

Internet Safety for Teens    Internet Safety for Adults     Internet Safety for Seniors