Follow All Social Media and Gaming Rules
Almost every social media website has an age restriction of over 13. It is extremely important that your child abides by these rules, especially because there are millions of adults already signed up and using these websites every day.
But don’t think that only social media websites and chat rooms should be monitored. There are tons of online games out there, whether free or purchased. Most of these games should only be used by teenagers over 14, and sometimes over 16. There is chatting available on these games, and if a player is talking to your child about anything other than the game itself, it is an issue that should be addressed.
Chat Rooms Rules
If your child wants to enter a chat room you need to be particularly careful and monitor them thoroughly during their stay in the chat room. Since most rooms attract children due to their topic of conversation, predators find these chat rooms as a platform for attacking innocent young lives. For this reason, you should do the following:
- Do not let children in the chat rooms. Most rooms require you to be at least 13, while others are 14 or 16.
- NO teen should ever be involved in an adult chat room.
- Monitor your child and see where the conversations are going. If anything seems inappropriate to you, remove your child from the chat room.
- Educate your child on the importance of never going to a one-on-one chat.
Rules to Teach Your Child for Their Safety
There is a lot to teach to your child when it comes to internet safety, and we’re going to run down a few extra tips they should know before joining the internet world:
- Do not download images from an unknown source on the internet, as they may contain viruses that will harm the computer.
- Never upload or send sexually suggestive images of yourself to others on the internet. These images have the chance to be displayed on the internet without your approval, either by being hacked or posted by an angry recipient.
- Stop speaking to a stranger that becomes sexually suggestive or aggressive and tell an adult immediately.
- Never give out personal information about yourself including your name, phone number, address, school information, etc.
- Do not ever meet someone from the internet.
- Make sure your child knows that when someone asks them to keep their online conversations ‘private’, it is never a good idea and should tell an adult immediately- even if they were threatened by the predator.
At the end of the day, it is not impossible to keep your child safe on the internet. Even in this day and age where the internet is everywhere we turned, we can still find ways to make sure our children are kept away from online predators.
How do you keep your child safe from online predators? If you have any questions about our comments, please let us know right away!
Keep Your Child Safe from Online Predators
- First and foremost, educate your children about the internet and the dangers that are awaiting them.
- Monitor your child when they use the computer.
- Limit the amount of time your child uses the computer and cell phone or other devices.
- Limit the time of day your child has access to electronics and the internet.
- Install parental control software on the computer as well as smartphones.
- Follow all rules for social media sites, chat rooms, and online games.
- Inform your child they can come to you at any time.