Safer Internet Day is an international day to raise awareness of the risks involved in using the internet. Here are 5 tips for parents who ant to know more about education of a child and our responsibilities.
Here are some tips from the UK Safer Internet Center for parents for online safety.
Safer Internet Day is the day of online security. It is a European Union project born in 2004 with the aim of raising awareness among young people and their parents on the dangers they run on the web, from cyberbullying, to identity theft, to sexting, to online sexual violence, to name just a few.
1. Free to talk
Talk to your child regularly about how he uses technology. Find out how he likes to express himself online and how it makes him feel being online. By listening to your child you can support and support him.
2. Free to explore
The internet is a place where different people can communicate and meet. For some children, the first virtual place they see people other than themselves may be online. For others, the internet may be the only place they can find people like themselves. Recognize the different types of identities your child can interact with and use them to talk about diversity. Talk to your child about the importance of respecting everyone when online.
3. Free to use the internet as a family
There are many tools to help you manage the devices your family uses. For example, knowing how to activate and use parental controls can prevent your child from seeing inappropriate content online.
4. Free to be involved
As parents, it is natural to feel concerned about the risks children take when they are online, but for young people the Internet offers a wide range of ways to explore and experience their identity. This could be through the characters they choose in games, the filters or emojis they use in their profile pictures, the content they share, the sites and services they use. Spend time with your child and see what they do online and how they interact. Talk about the positives and negatives of being online and show him the safe choices he can make, instead of limiting it with too many restrictions.
5. Free to seek help and support
Sometimes it may seem that young people are experts in everything related to the digital world, but remember: you are more knowledgeable about life than he is. You can support your child online by using features such as social media privacy settings and by understanding how to report on apps, games and services.