Child Internet Safety: Input vs. Output
- Odinga | By Yoo-Young Kim
- URL https://firstname.lastname@example.org/child-internet-safety-input-vs-output-e10c9f9c0aab
- November 8, 2018
Parents often underestimate what children can do online.
Parents do not realize that their toddler can buy some products online with just a few innocent clicks. There was news on a 14-month-old baby bidding and buying a car on her dad’s phone on eBay. Her father only discovered the purchase, when he received a bill of over $2,000.
Usually, internet safety tips for children only discuss what information children should not provide or whom they should avoid contact with. However, there is much more than that. I would like to give some tips for parents for protecting children online with two aspects.
INPUT: BLOCK ANY HARMFUL INPUT
- - Check what kind of cartoon, videos, and images that your child is seeing. Remember, children are visually oriented and they learn fast on what they see.
- - Some children learn how to access your SNS account, which displays many images unfiltered. Lock your SNS account with passwords.
- - Do not let children answer or reply to calls or messages from those they do not know.
- - Teach them to skip or close any flashy or vulgar advertisements; show them where the ‘skip’ or ‘close’ button is.
- - Oftentimes, you don’t have time to check every time. Then, use one of the Parental Control apps out there. Odinga is one of them.
OUTPUT: MANAGE CHILD’S OUTPUT ONLINE
- - Protect personal information (home address, school name, full name and phone number) and tell your child not to give out information.
- - Be careful what children click. It would be easy to download parental control apps that only allow access to certain apps (you can try Odinga for free now).
- - Primary school children learn fast how to message online. It is easy for them to write mean comments for fun. Teach them to respect others well online as they do offline.
- - Keeping all the tips above in mind, write down the rules for to-do’s and not-to-do’s for your child clearly.
- - Display ‘The Internet Rules’ on the wall or where it is easily seen.
- - Start early, when your child can barely read. Let him or her grow in the habit. When your child becomes an elementary school student, it will be much easier to keep him or her under safe internet use.
- Common Sense Media: www.commonsensemedia.org
- PBS Parents’ video on Child Internet Safety: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz-R__a5e-0&t=9s
- Australian organization for parents on Internet Safety: https://raisingchildren.net.au/school-age/play-media-technology/digital-safety/internet-safety-6-8-years
It is time for parents, educators, and policy makers to focus on how to educate our children to be safe and respectful in the digital world. Internet is an inevitable part of our daily life. It is best to teach our children how to use it wisely than completely blocking it or indulging in it thoughtlessly.