Nearly 20 years ago, an Internet child safety booklet was released to teach parents how to effectively keep their kids safe while browsing online and accessing any websites available on the Internet. Today, using the Internet with mobile devices and computers is commonplace, and is often done by children and even toddlers.
The book has been revised a few times over the past 20 years, but has just recently been entirely rewritten to fit today’s standards when it comes to social media, online bullying and finding information within seconds. Saying goodbye to guides about static chat rooms, dial-up Internet and outdated websites, the new Child Safety on the Information Highway book is much more relevant and informative for parents in the new age of the Internet.
Because of the increase in using the Internet, crimes have also changed and sometimes include individuals and children who are underage. Understanding how to keep your kids protected even in an ever-changing world of technology is a key point in the Child Safety on the Information Highway booklet.
Types of Gadgets Used Today
Rather than being limited to the “family computer” which was much more popular 10 and even 20 years ago, children of all ages often have access to a slew of gadgets and tech devices. Mobile phones, tablets, laptops and even iPod Touch items often all provide wireless Internet capabilities, making it easier than ever to gain access to the Internet and to any information they desire.
What is covered in the Child Safety Booklet for 2013?
Like the first edition of the Child Safety on the Information Highway booklet, the newly-revised version also includes detailed information on a variety of subjects for parents to better understand how the Internet is used today. Knowing all about bullying and harassment, security risks and privacy are all covered within the book. Sharing details about posting material and photos that may cause harm to your child is also included in the booklet.
Learning about online predators, risks and even exposure to potentially inappropriate material is covered in the book in addition to grasping the concept of potential financial and legal risks that come along with using the Internet improperly.
Communicate With Your Children
The book covers a wide range of topics, but also emphasizes the importance of communication in any household that has children. Communicating openly with your children about the importance of online safety rather than lecturing them is highly recommended. Avoid overreacting about any information or material your child may have stumbled upon online, as this can happen without warning or their intention.
Instead, speak calmly and openly about inappropriate material and how to stay safe without condescending them during the process. Frequently having open discussions with your children without lecturing them will help to keep your communication open without them withholding information from you.
Being an actively involved parent in your child’s Internet usage is also just as important as keeping the lines of communication open. Being aware of the applications, programs and websites your child accesses and uses on a regular basis is a key factor to staying informed and understanding how they are using the Internet each day. Ask your child to show you how to use the applications or websites they are using to create a positive environment when it comes to browsing the Internet.