Important Lessons to Teach Your Child About Online Safety


As a mom, it’s important to teach your child about online safety. There are many dangers lurking on the internet that can harm your child if they’re not educated about them. This blog post will discuss some of the most important lessons to teach your child about online safety. We’ll also provide you with some helpful resources that will make it easy for you to get started!

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One of the most important lessons to teach your child about online safety is never to give out personal information. This includes their name, address, phone number, email address, or any other identifying information. If someone asks for this information, they should report it to you immediately.

Stress how important privacy is. Provide an additional layer of safety to your child’s online profiles — social media or online gaming accounts — by using an avatar instead of their real photos. The internet is teeming with various avatar maker apps that children of all ages can use to design avatars that can represent them online.

Another important lesson is to teach your child not to click on links from strangers. These links could lead to websites that contain viruses or malware that can harm their computer. They should only click on links from people they know and trust.

It’s also important to teach your child how to spot fake websites. Many scammers create fake websites that look real in order to get personal information from unsuspecting people. Teach your child to be skeptical of any website that asks for personal information or financial information. If something looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Finally, teach your child never to meet someone they met online in person. While there are many great people to meet online, there are also some dangerous people out there. If someone asks to meet your child in person, make sure you go with them. Meeting someone in person who they only know from the internet can be very dangerous.

And it’s really important to revisit these concerns periodically as your child grows especially when social media becomes a more substantial part of their social lives. Be sure to discuss the following with your teen…

Teens

  • By this point, the internet will likely be a substantial part of your child’s daily life. Teenagers communicate and socialize using social media and the internet and quickly adapt to new technology.
  • When discussing the dangers of the internet, don’t hesitate to bring up challenging issues like sexting and nude images.
  • Teenagers are known for following the bandwagon, so you should talk to them about not sending inappropriate photos or texts.
  • Advise them to view their social media profile as a potential official portfolio – they should only upload content that they won’t regret being in the public domain in the future.
  • Draw up a contract between you and your child in which you agree on the rules of engagement regarding their online activity.

There are many other lessons you can teach your child about online safety, but these are some of the most important ones. By teaching your child these lessons, you’ll help them stay safe while they’re online. For more helpful resources on this topic, check out the infographic below!

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