PARENTAL GUIDANCE TO INTERNET SAFETY FOR CHILDREN

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Tips for parent's guidance regarding internet use 
DNB Pediatrics Theory Question and Answer June 2013
STEP 1  is to explain and counsel parents about the potential dangers for their children by pediatrician at the earliest opportunity during OP visits

1.exposure to inappropriate material
2.unreliable information
3.breech in personal information and privacy
4.pornography
5.harassment and bullying
6.financial risk
7.Unwanted advertising and marketing towards children

Once done its time to provide solution on the problem with following Tips

 1.Educate your children on internet safety

An essential part of keeping children safe is to make them aware of the dangers, and to talk to them about how to avoid potential problems.

2.Empower your children

Encouraging and supporting children is a very positive step towards making them feel confident in their use of the internet. Remember that children will have access to the internet not only in the home, but also at other places.

3. Internet Safety Basics 

Help kids understand that they should:
  • Never share their names, schools, ages, phone numbers, or addresses;
  • Never send pictures to strangers;
  • Keep passwords private (except to parents);
  • Never open email from strangers, it may contain viruses that can harm a computer
  • Immediately tell an adult if something ‘not normal’ happens.
4.Make your computer safe

One of the most practical ways to help your children stay safe online is to set up your home computer for safe use.

Safety software: 

Install a filter on your computer to protect from unwanted content and to help manage children’s internet access. Install security software like antivirus, firewall and spyware protection to help with security and privacy.

5.Parent’s internet safety toolkit

Get internet safety educational program. Learn about the issues and what you can do to keep your children safe using the internet. The program are available free.

6.Family-friendly internet service providers

Be sure to choose the right internet service provider who demonstrate best practice.

7.Supervise your children’s internet use

At home, the best protection for a child using the internet is parental supervision and guidance. By placing your computer in a family area, supervision becomes easier than if it is in your child’s bedroom.

8.Be involved and have fun with kids

Keeping kids safe and teaching them how to use digital technology responsibly is all about staying involved. Start by showing interest in the sites they visit and the games they play and parents job will be a lot easier when they start exploring these technologies more independently.

Strategies for a responsible and safer online life

1.Age appropriate sites. Check out the site before kids visit it.
2.Search safely. Use safe search settings for young kids
3.Avoid strangers. Tell your kids that people aren’t always who they say they are in cyberspace. Explain that if someone they don’t know talks to them, they shouldn’t respond but should let you know
4.Be a good cyber citizen! Remind kids that an Internet playground is still a playground and they need to play nicely. A good rule of thumb: If they wouldn’t do something in real life, they shouldn’t do it online.
5.Keep the computer in a central place. So you can see what’s going on.
6.Establish expectations and limits about the amount of time your children spend online and what they do.
7.View your own habits carefully. You are their role models.
8.Very close supervision is strongly recommended.


WRITTEN BY
Dr Ajay Agade is a pediatric critical care fellow pursuing FNB  from Kanchi Kamakoti Child Trust Hospital,  passionate about free online medical education, acute care and patient safety. He is editor of dnbpediatrics and criticalpediatrics blogs |  View Ajay Agade’s  posts
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