Internet Safety

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Internet Safety, by Dr. Brad Schwall

The top two ways to help your children make good choices are to supervise their activities and teach them how to discern right from wrong on their own.  All children (all adults) make mistakes.  When parents supervise their children's activities, they are there to re-direct them.  As children grow, they spend more time away from parents.  Teaching children the ability to discern what choices lead to good consequences will help them make good choices on their own.

Supervising and teaching discernment can help protect children from the dangers of inappropriate content on the Internet and inappropriate use of e-mail, social media, and the Internet.

Protect your child from online dangers:
  • Set up blocks and parental controls
  • Keep computers in common spaces out of your child's room
  • Set up bookmarks for your child's favorite sites
  • Have rules about what sites your child may view
  • Teach your child to ask you for permission before giving out any kind of information online
Monitor your child's online activity:
  • Be involved in what your child does online
  • When your child is younger, there is no privacy - privacy may increase as your child gets older, but you still have the right to know what your child does online
  • Always teach skills for staying away from people with inappropriate motives
  • Freedom may increase as your child grows older, but a strong connection with your child will help you stay involved in your child's life
Teach discernment:
  • Communicate to help your child know that looking at inappropriate material is not good for the mind
  • Teach your child not to or write or post anything that he or she would not want everyone to read or see
  • Teach your child not to gossip or say rude things online - posts, e-mails, and texts can be shared and saved
  • Help your child understand the nuances of communicating online - people are bolder communicating indirectly than they are in person
  • Teach your child that he or she may use the computer as a tool to support friendships rather than as a tool to depend on for developing friendships
When problems arise, address the issue quickly and directly - emphasize that freedom comes with trust.

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