Nowadays children spend a lot of time on the Internet, interacting with one another on social networks and actively using different functions of smartphones and other devices. It is important for parents to know what to do in order to protect their children from the dangers of the Internet.
Here are 10 pieces of advice from Net-Safe Latvia manager Maija Katkovska:
1.Photos which depict your children half-naked or naked should not be put in public view. There is nothing bad about taking a selfie, but when you take photos of your naked body and keep them in your phone’s memory or publish them online, you also attract attention to yourself from unwanted sources.
2.As soon as you send someone a confidential photo of yourself, you immediately lose control over it. It is impossible to keep track of these files and who could acquire them and how those people can use them.
3.Sending nude pictures of yourself to someone else is like stripping in public view. The Internet has no borders – it is likely people from other cities or countries could see private parts of your body. So do be careful with your private photos and where you store them.
4.Photos in which a child is seen in his family’s apartment or the child’s bedroom is also private information. The family name, the name of the school the child studies in and school schedule – none of it should be revealed to anyone outside the family circle. Such information can help potential criminals to stalk your children and potentially harm them.
5.Tell your children not to believe everything they are told on the Internet, regardless of the source the information comes from: be it an attractive girl or an athletic boy. It is worth keeping in mind that there are millions of different photos floating in the internet; criminals use them to get into contact with their potential victims.
6.Did you know you can check every photo you receive and where it is available on the Internet? Images.google.com can help you trace photos by uploading it to the search engine.
7.Be a friend and a trustworthy figure to your children. Convince them through word and action that you will always be there to help and support. Don’t punish your children for making a mistake; be the first person your child will turn to in an unpleasant situation (fear, abuse, bullying or humiliation).
8.If you’re worried about your child having free access to inappropriate content on the Internet – do everything you can to limit your child’s exposure to such content. Drossinternets.lv has valuable tips and recommendations on using safety guards in your PC and smartphone, as well as privacy protection tools when using different social networks.
9.Use the latest technologies – applications and other tools in order to monitor your child’s activity on the Internet. Before you decide what solutions you want to apply in order to ensure your child’s safety, tell them why it is necessary and discuss just how much your child will let you in on their private life. Don’t hide information from your children, especially if you intend to monitor their Internet activity – it will only lead to the child’s loss of trust in parents.
10.If you or your children come across Internet fraudsters, contact drossinternets.lv. This portal cooperates with the majority of popular social networks and State Police. They will help you resolve any problems you may have.