HOW TO MAKE THE INTERNET SAFE FOR YOUR CHILD
The Internet can be a good learning experience for children. But at the same time it can also be a dangerous place if they are left unmonitored. Here is how to make the browsing safe for them. ENVIRONMENT: Be involved in your child’s Internet activities. This will also let you supervise them. Keeping the computer in an open area can be a deterrent for the child to not do something that is forbidden. Monitor computer activity by regularly checking history. Also make sure that you know your child’s email password. Partition the computer in such a way that there is a child-safe account with all the other stuff behind a password. Tell children not to interact with strangers online in any way. Tell them not to disclose phone numbers or addresses online. They should also not send photographs to strangers or meet them offline without their parents. SOFTWARE: Block inappropriate content by activating parental controls in Windows. The Windows Live Family Safety and other such software helps filter information based on a child's age. You can also limit searches, block or allow certain websites, and monitor what children do online. Even Mircrosoft XBox and other game software have parental controls that prevent children from playing inappropriate games or content. Block sites and downloads that might be a risk to your security and privacy. Free games, free music, animated toolbars and other downloads can expose your computer to spyware and malware. Teach children not to download anything without your permission. Adjust web browser security settings to allow only websites with the highest security levels. Install browsers like Kidzui, Pikluk and Kidrocket that limit their access to kid-safe websites. Some of them browsers even prevent the children from downloading stuff or access drives in the computer.