Family is All About Trust, But…

This title seems to be like an understood concept, but sometimes we find ourselves in situations that are not that clear-cut and the concept of trust becomes a little fuzzy.

For example, take information technology: even though it has given us a number of positive benefits, it can be a big risk to our children. The Internet is a place where predators lurk, which is a dangerous place for children to end up. It also happens to be a place where young children can find inappropriate information. So can you trust your child to behave correctly on the internet, when not even you know exactly what to worry about?

The Dangers

Children often look for friends online and there are many chat rooms and social sites where predators can pose as innocent kids. It is very easy to create a false identity and make friends with children online. Pornography is everywhere online and it is very easy for kids to click on pop-ups which will redirect them to sites they should not be seeing.

Safety Rules

In order to keep children safe, parents must implement rules regarding the use of computers. For starters, it is important that you explain to kids that they must never give out personal information to anyone. If you put the computer in an area where the family spend a lot of time, you can monitor which sites the children visit. Parents also need to search the history to make sure that no dangerous sites have been visited by anyone. Parents also need to become educated as far as computer lingo and trends go.

It might not be possible to stop your children from participating on social networking sites, but you need to make it very clear to them that they do not give out any personal information while on these sites. Private InfoYou could tell your children that all videos and pictures need to be approved by you before they can be posted.

How to Block Sites

The best way to keep your children safe is to make use of parental controls on your computer. Some operating systems may already have these controls included, if yours does not, you can buy a program that can do this for you. Most of these programs block pornographic sites as well as many other inappropriate sites.

There are many resources on the web that can help you find a decent parental control software that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Here at Bloomen Nutrition we often visit Kids’ Shield which has a fantastic guide on the available solutions. We also like this tested solution from McAffee.

The Internet may be a tool for learning, but it can still be a dangerous place for children. It is for this reason that parents need to monitor what their kids are doing while they are on the Internet. Social media sites and chat rooms could possible lead children into a danger zone. Also, there are so many sites that contain images and reading material that is in no way appropriate for children to be seeing.

Trust Must be Earned

As your children grow up, trust will increase and you can limit the amount of control you have over their computer usage, but you will still need to keep a watchful eye. Educating your children about the dangers of the Internet will not only keep them safe and away from predators, it will also give you the peace of mind that all parents want to have regarding their kids. It’s all about trust.