How do you protect kids from the dangers on the internet?

Discussion in 'Internet' started by Brightjoe, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. Brightjoe

    Brightjoe New Member

    This particular issue has brought about pains and agony in many homes as the kids have gone from the desire to read and develop to the desire to be on the internet doing absolutely nothing than to chat, browse about irrelevant things as well as doing some other other stuff that won't add positive value to their lives in the long-run.

    Teens we have in our world today are ones that have the lists of all the top pornographic sites that you never thought about rather than focusing on visiting sites that should have made impacts on them in a positive way. I have got a son of 3 years and I'm still pretty worried about when I should give him the permission to start making use of mobile devices. While it is really good for younger ones to make use of the internet via the mobile device, there is this fear of such leading them astray and we still have the peer pressure making matters worse for them.

    So, I would be glad to hear our views on ways that we can protect the kids from the dangers that we have on the internet?
     
  2. Moonchild

    Moonchild New Member

    There are some issues with safety and the internet. These issues have little to do with content and much to do with naivety. It's other people that are the problem. There are predators on the internet. There are people looking to get kids to do things that they will regret. There are scammers. There are viruses.

    Of the issues that there are, porn isn't one of them. It's just porn. It is no big deal. It is completely healthy for teens to have a sex drive. It is completely normal for them to want to see people having sex. Masturbating is normal and it has many benefits.

    I don't think there is much peer pressure to look at porn. Teens don't go to school and get pressured to masturbate to porn in the bathrooms with their buddies.

    Even when it comes to younger children, porn isn't going to ruin their lives. It isn't going to hurt them. Curiosity is normal.

    Something else to keep in mind is that older people are always raging against what the younger generation is into. There are quotes about books rotting the minds of the youth.

    If you want to protect your children from real dangers, you teach them how to use the internet and about people that might hurt them.
     
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  3. Miodrag

    Miodrag New Member

    thinking about a lot, as the father of five and seven year-old sons who are already adept with parental tablets and laptops alike.

    They know the internet is a magical entity capable of answering obscure questions; providing printable templates of pretty much any animal to colour in; and serving up endlessly-repeatable videos of startled cats

    What they don’t know is anything about viruses, online privacy, phishing, social networking etiquette, and any other internet safety and/or security issue you can think of.

    Teaching them about this now and in the future is my job, and the challenge of getting it right is intimidating – even for someone who writes about a lot of these issues for a living.
     
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  4. ylnyel

    ylnyel New Member

    I remembered an article saying that “When it comes to technology and the Internet, children may be quick learners, but lacking wisdom and experience, they tend to be naive. So show them the dangers to avoid and how to avoid them. Consider online social networks, for example. Granted, such networks may allow young ones to express their identity and meet other young people, but the sites are also a “shopping mall” for sexual predators and others with bad motives.

    As a parent you could set an appropriate limits to spend use of technnologies with your child, explain them the danger as children needs wisdom and thinking ability to protect them from risks of inappropriate internet usage
     
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  5. josefina

    josefina New Member

    There is a truth many threats on the internet for children is to take many precautions especially with material unsuitable for their age, between this is pornography, the truth is that they can the children stumble upon such information easily just be browsing the internet without realizing has to come across this type of pages, the danger is that pornography can damage their little minds, for this you have to be very aware to take measures necessary to protect children from all this type of m so damaging material. Currently there are websites online which give interesting information to take the necessary preventive measures, thus providing the protection needed, since it is difficult to isolate this generation of browsing the internet, because it became part of the everyday life, but if it is good to take steps so that you can protect, above all is that you remember that pornography is related to cyberbullying, another great danger which threatens the children in our family, this kind of danger has had the consequence disastrous until death or kidnapping of children, if parents do not have the proper caution can be seen at a very distressing time.
     
  6. Sierraechodelta

    Sierraechodelta New Member

    I think the only thing you can do is to either filter everything or educate them thoroughly. Kids nowadays can access through anything, with just a simple touch they can know about things they shouldn't know at their age, and we can't always be there to filter everything, that's why we need to prepare them and educate them before they can even go through the harsh environment of the internet, as the bible says, "to train up a child the way he should go, and when he grows old he will not depart from it".
     
  7. Give them a nice advice
     
  8. Eseb

    Eseb New Member

    I think this problem is going to be one that stands the test of time. The solution will always be in the hands of the parents, and in their teaching them well. Without diligent parenting, children may wander into darkness that they need not be exposed to. There are so many more predators that exist on the internet than what is experience in day to day interactions. With a child being so easily swayed, it is important to be watchful and aware.
     
  9. Honestly it's really hard to protect your child from it because internet is very wide. And it is very accesible. But being a parent it is your responsibility to avoid your child from being involve into it. Limiting your child from the usage of gadgets is a big thing and guiding him/her while accessing the internet is a great way to protect your child from the danger. Your presence is very important to your child so do not use the gadgets or the internet as a baby sitter because it might cause a big problem to your little one.
     
  10. eli414

    eli414 New Member

    Your son is so young at three years old, it's difficult to imagine he would want to get into too much trouble. If you can afford it, I would buy a child-friendly device just for him. There are tablets and other gadgets out there that have "child modes" which don't allow children to access inappropriate content, or make any purchases. If you can't afford a second device, I suggest making a folder of games or apps you've approved for him to play. That way, he's able to choose what he wants to play, but won't get into any nasty content.
    Make sure that anything you let him play either doesn't contain ads, or that the ads are child-friendly. Some apps will still work in "airplane mode", but this will disable apps because they need the internet to load. Also be sure to disable in-app purchases if you don't want him accidentally spending any money.
    One your child gets older, try to keep an open dialogue. At least until he's in middle school, keep a site blocker on that informs you when he tries to access inappropriate sites. Chances are that anything he's searching is out of curiosity, not lust or anger. Ask him questions about why he searched it, and explain why it's wrong and other sources he can get information from (offer to answer an puberty questions, or buy him a book instead).
    Finally, I would start easing off the site blocker around middle school. It's natural for kids to have the urge to watch inappropriate content, and he's going to have access while using other people's devices anyway. I would recommend slowly tapering off the blocked site list until you allow him to be completely independent once he's responsible. You don't want to limit his internet usage for forever, because then he won't know how to be safe, and banning something outright often just makes it more alluring for kids.
    Overall, just try to keep the dialogue open with him. Explain why you limit his usage, and why any content he finds is inappropriate. You need to have solid answers to these last two questions, though, or you'll just fuel his flames and he will seek the content elsewhere.
    One final note: you can still find the "romance" section in any bookstore in the U.S. He will have access to this content unless you're constantly breathing down your neck, which will just stifle him and make him unaware of proper practice. I'm not saying you should allow him to access inappropriate content from the age of three, but it might be beneficial in high school to allow him to at least read about inappropriate content. He might be uncomfortable asking you how to use a condom, for example. I promise the Internet is a much better resource than the school of hard knocks in this case.
     
  11. jun18

    jun18 Member

    some modem and antivirus have parental security. you can explore it and find it.you can block url the porn sites and any other sites.
     
  12. FaithFirestone

    FaithFirestone New Member

    My kids were not allowed on the internet until they were at least 9 years old. Until then they had a program that functioned more like an "intranet" with extremely limited access to content and because they could not access the internet at all from it, they were kept safe from inappropriate and dangerous digital situations. In school, they were not allowed to "surf the net" until they reached 4th grade. Although the school did provide offline instruction on Microsoft Office- Powerpoint, Word etc. When they reached 4th grade they were allowed limited access in order to do research for class reports. At home, we had a computer in a central location in the living room so that they can be monitored while they surfed and we had parental locks, as well as permissible content through a password- protected Administrator account. The computer had a password and they needed permission to use it. Since they had no cell phones or sleepovers until middle school, they were kept safely away from the net and social networks. By the time they entered middle school both my sons had cell phones and more access to the internet. But were not allowed on social networks, forums, or chat rooms. If they violated that rule, the computer & cell phones were taken away. They were not allowed to put their own passwords on cell phones or their computers without us knowing the password. If they violated that rule cell phones/computers were taken away. We inspected, on a regular basis, the sites they visited. If we saw that they were wiping history-that was automatic guilt in my book and they would lose access. Finally, I installed a keylogger so I was able to remotely view what they were getting into online. Some parents may view this as a violation of privacy, I view it as necessary to keep kids safe in a digital world. Finally, since neither one of them were interested in the major social networks (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Snapchat), that alone made our job a bit easier. The only social network my youngest was on during middle school was Instagram, where he posted pictures of cars and occasionally communicated with friends he knew offline. By the time they reached high school, they knew that there were a lot of weirdos out there and people were not who they seemed online. They knew not to trust anyone online with their personal information, only fake names were used and no address or phone numbers were ever given out. They also knew better than to meet with someone offline that they did not know or post "selfies" of themselves that could potentially be altered or make them targets in other ways.
     
  13. RobiManimbo

    RobiManimbo New Member

    We can't deny that this generation of kids are exposed to devices that have access to the internet. From smartphones to tablets to PCs, a lot of device can access the internet and it sometimes post a danger to our children.

    I am a parent, so I already programmed my kids that they will only be allowed to use the internet for learning purposes and will allow entertainment from time to time with my supervision or with a parental control app. It is not easy to protect our kids from harm, because danger can also be in the cyber world.

    So as a parent, if you have an Internet provider, try to contact them and have them recommend or provide you with parental control or restrictions to your usage that way you can keep you kids from accessing unnecessary stuff that might ruin them.
     
  14. Jardin

    Jardin New Member

    I have two grandsons. They are more tech-savvy than me. They even teach me and keep me updated to the latest apps, music, news etc. My grandsons learn a lot from the internet. It has its own advantages and disadvantages. I also face the problem of how to handle their internet and gadget usage. Before I don't control it that much but my younger grandson started blinking his eyes if expose long time with gadgets. The older one has lower grades. So, I decided to cut the time they are expose to it. During weekdays, they can use it for an hour after they finish their studies. During weekends, they can use it up to five hours but in different times of the day. Not in just one sitting. I also supervise the sites they go to. I always check what sites they go.
     

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