More and more families have access to the Internet. Used with caution, the internet is a communication tool that delivers fantastic information. But be aware that navigation in cyberspace are has its risks. The Internet is a network formed of several interconnected computers. Unlike television, the computer allows communication both ways. This means that connecting to another computer allows you receive information, but you also pass information on. For adults, the connectivity is a huge aid when it comes to your young family there are certain risks. However, there are some basic precautions you can take in order to make your computer safe your children.
Explain The Danger
Explain to your children the dangers that lurk online. Encourage them to confide any inappropriate contact or content they experience. The majority of young people do not want to discuss their Internet activities with their parents, but you must impress upon them the problems that can arise from revealing personal data (name, address, phone number, photos) that should remain private. If your child has a blog, or is active on social networks, ensure they are fully aware of their liabilities regarding what they write, and their comments.
Set Up An Administrator Account
Whether your family uses one or more computers, you should always configure an administrator account for which only you know the password. Your children can then be assigned user accounts, with usage parameters which you can set yourself. In Windows, all settings are made from the ‘Control Panel’ via the ‘Start’ menu. Then go to the ‘Accounts and Family Safety’ tab, where you can add as many user accounts as you need and configure passwords for each one.
Parental Control Software
There are software programs that restrict access to certain sites and block offensive documents circulating on the Internet. This is the ultimate solution for parents anxious about letting their children access the Internet with minimal supervision. Much progress has been made in recent years and the use of parental control software has been simplified. The software is user friendly and easy to control, even remotely. To get the maximum benefit from parental control software, and other software programs, consider upgrading your computer connection to superfast broadband. The improvement in computer performance and speed must be experienced to be truly appreciated.
Protect Your Family
Ideally, children should not be left unsupervised when they surf the Internet. Do not place the computer in your child’s room, but rather in a communal area used as a family room.
Be wary of opening unknown executable files and programs. Some anti-virus programs inform you if these files have caused problems for other users. Delete suspicious emails immediately without opening. Do not open emails that come from people you do not know, or any attachments associated with these emails. Install good antivirus software and update it regularly and make regular updates of your operating system.
Choose strong, complex passwords (at least eight characters, no dictionary words, uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols). Changing passwords regularly is also recommended. Be vigilant when shopping online. Take similar precautions as for a traditional, offline transaction.
Author Bio –
Meghan is the proud mum of Matt and Nick. She understands the value of the computers as an educational tool or her sons and wants them to be able to explore the internet in a safe and controlled environment.