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Tech Tips to Keep Kids Safe: 10 Ways Parents Can Protect Their Family From

May 07, 2019

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Kids these days don’t know a world without the internet.

The way that the tech world works in 2019 has opened a lot of doors for our youth. It’s incredible to think about how different things are now compared to even 20 years ago. Having all the information in the world at your fingertips is great for education and socialization, but it comes with its dangers as well.

For every valuable piece of information or friend to talk to half-way across the world, there's a cyber-security or bullying issue. We have to be able to protect our children from the many threats we see on the internet.

In this post, we're going to talk about how to keep kids safe from high-tech risks. If you follow these 10 tips, you'll be able to save your whole family from potential web-related issues. Let's get started.

Keep Kids Safe: 10 Steps to Prevent High-Tech Risks

To keep our kids safe, we need to understand the potential threats that they face. If you know what they're up to, you can better protect them. Once you know how to deal with problems, you can start to implement some of these measures.

1. Get to Know What They Deal With

As we stated earlier, it's super important to get to know exactly what your kids have to deal with on a daily basis. If you understand how their demographic uses social media and other parts of the internet, you'll be better equipped to protect them.

If you're the parent of a young teen or adolescent, then you're probably old enough that you remember a time before the internet ruled all. Your kids, however, are growing up in an ever-increasing jungle of developing technology. That can create a bit of a disconnect between you and them.

Ask them questions about what they're doing when you see them on their phones and tablets. There are also loads of resources online, so read more articles like this one to find out as much information as you can about the ever-increasing number of social media platforms.

2. Age Limits

If you've got young kids, it might be a good idea to enforce age limits on tech use. The age that kids start using smartphones is getting younger and younger as the tech advances. Tablets can be a useful learning tool for younger children, as well.

Of course, you should use these things as teaching tools if you can. When they get to the age when they start asking about social media, make sure to have a discussion with them about the pros and cons of using those kinds of things. You should have an understanding with them about what they can and can't use and when.

3. Regularly Monitor Their Behavior...

It's important that you monitor what they're doing online. If you don't, that's when you start to run into a lot of trouble. You need to know what they're looking up, who they're talking to, and create some guidelines for what they can and can't do.

If you cultivate an environment for your children where they expect you to keep tabs on their online behavior, you can have an open dialogue with them.

4. And Communicate Your Concerns

Being able to discuss what's happening online with your kids will allow you to better communicate your concerns with social media overuse and whatever other problems you're noticing. Telling them about your concerns will let them know that you're thinking about this stuff, but also give them something to think about.

Approach it with a cool demeanor and you shouldn't have a problem keeping them out of trouble. There are a lot of things that you can avoid simply by bringing up the potential of them occurring.

5. Passwords

It's a good idea to know what your children's passwords are for their social media and email accounts. Again, if it's done at an early age, then you're less likely to experience any resistance as they get older and have more use for passwords.

This way, you can go on and scope out any fishy situations. If you can't get on to their accounts, you won't be able to see who they're talking to. We don't need to talk about the potential of anything bad happening. If you've done your research, then you'll see living proof of varying situations that result from a lack of attention paid to online behavior.

6. Dubious Friend Requests and Followers

Piggybacking off of the last point, you should always have your child notify you when an unknown person tries to add them on a social media account. There are loads of creepy people out there, and the internet is a space where they can prowl on unsuspecting kids.

7. Security Measures

Helping your kids activate the built-in security features on their accounts is a good place to start when it comes to cyber safety. You have to remember that they don't have access to the same type of IT security that you might have at your job or even with purchased security.

Many social media platforms have improved their security after the disastrous Facebook incident from a few years ago, but they are still lacking in certain areas. If you want to be super safe, then you should take matters into your own hands.

8. Lead By Example

Leading by example is a good way to show your children safe internet use. Don't spend too much time on your own devices and always make sure that your accounts are logged out when you're not using them.

9. Talk to Them About Cyber Bullying

Cyberbullying is one of the biggest problems facing our youth. In the digital age, it's easy for bullies to run rampant on unsuspecting kids. It's caused an epidemic of depression and anxiety that can eventually lead to self-harm in our children.

Talk to your children about how to handle online discussions and that they can't take all of the chatter seriously. Keep them out of the comments section of social media posts and off of message boards.

10. Talk to Other Parents

Keeping in constant contact with other parents is a good way to stay on the same page and come up with new ways to keep your kids safe. You don't have to attack this problem alone, so the best way for parents to fight cyber-threats is by communicating with their children and relaying that info to other parents.

Not every child will have the same experience, but a lot of them come across the same things. Being well-versed in potential threats will help you prevent them.

Help Your Children Out

The digital age is always presenting new challenges for children and parents alike. We're constantly moving into uncharted territory, so it can be hard to keep up with new threats as they develop. We want to keep kids safe, so follow these steps and they'll be able to proceed in the constantly changing world.

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