Tips to control children’s internet usage

Everyone uses the internet these days, from 8-year-olds to 75-year-olds. There is something for everyone on the net. However, when it comes to the little people, it becomes very important that we protect them while they are actively engaged in activities that are inclusive of everyone. As caretakers, it is extremely important that we make sure that what our young people see, hear and become involved in, is age appropriate and safe.

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Apply the Appropriate Filters

Many apps allow you to apply filters that prevent young children from seeing and having access to the wrong materials. Many websites are equipped with filters that can be activated, Youtube is one of them.

Monitor Websites

It’s a good idea to visit every website your child frequents. Make sure there is no offensive content that your child is being exposed to. Go a step further by checking your browser history for any additional websites and repeat the same process. If your child is doing a book report on selling oil and gas mineral rights, you need to be able to check the browsers history to confirm that the websites he or she visited were related and relevant.

Monitor Email

Check your children’s email at least once a week, if they are still very young. Make sure that you are familiar with anyone that is emailing your child. If you find anything inappropriate talk to your child and immediately block communication. Check the trash folder for deleted emails as well. make sure that you are monitoring everything, even the online multiplayer games.

Schedule Time

Children shouldn’t be allowed to surf the net for hours on end. Give your child a preset amount of time to use the internet. If you keep a schedule, checking up on your child becomes much easier because you are aware of what time they go online and when they get off.

As great as the internet is, it is equally dangerous for children if its use is not carefully monitored. Become familiar with all the sites your child frequents, and check emails, and online multiplayer games. The basic idea is to leave no stone unturned.