Online data are easy to delete or steal. What you or your kids post online can be caught by wrong hands. Or, when you post your babies’ photos, where they are 8, they might actually not like it when they turn 13. And then, it may affect your kids’ future, reputation, and safety. It is hard to take care of safety, but it is not impossible. You need not post personal information online like your address, email address or mobile number. Frankly speaking, there is a lot of good on the internet, and some experts are arguing against “techno-panic mentality” which worries parents.
Here are 6 popular myths about internet safety and the truth to set your worries free.
Social media withdraws kids from each other
This does not coincide with reality. Many kids say social media is a way to get new friends. And teen internet users also say social media helps them feel better to learn information about their friends. The Internet strengthens their relationships. According to the Pew Research Internet Project:
- 57 percent of all teens have made new friends online
- 84 percent of boys who play networked games with friends feel more connected when they play online
- 68 percent of teen social media users have had online friends support them through tough or challenging times
Kids should not talk to strangers to keep themselves safe
Nowadays, kids of 7 – 8 years of age, can easily get in touch with people online. Indeed, they need to know the boundary between appropriate and inappropriate conversation. They might learn new and good things, or even they can learn a new language by chatting with people online. This is OK. But you should teach your children what kind of conversation is not OK. For example, tell your children it is not safe to answer the questions, like “Where do you live?” or “What is your phone number?” They have to avoid answering the following questions, too: “Are you a boy or a girl?” or “Do you want to have a private conversation?”
Only porn sites are unsafe for your kids
Definitely no! Most parents think blocking porn sites can make their kids safe, but actually, there are so many sites and games, that can teach your kids to fight, shoot, cheat, and even rob. Besides, your kids can find some channels, which are considered to be sects. And these kinds of channels can make your babies behave strangely and get easily distracted. Teach them not to believe everything they read on the internet.
Social media turns your kids into cyber bullies
Let us define what cyber bullying is. It is when a child or a teen is threatened, harassed, humbled, embarrassed or targeted by another child or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones.
However, there are many reasons why kids might cyberbully. In fact, social media gives these kids a platform to act out on. A cyber bully is the result of the crisis at home or at school. If you notice that your child is behaving strangely, have a serious yet mild conversation with them to see what the problem is. If that won’t work, you might want to contact a psychologist.
Your control is the best way to keep the kids safe.
Keeping an eye on your kids’ online activities is not the only helpful way to keep their internet safety. Even if you have talked to your children about screen-time limits or about their online behavior, you should doubt what they do when you are not in the same room.
You just need to keep on teaching them how to behave online and how to keep secure by ensuring their privacy settings are strong.
Kids do not care about privacy
Though they share, like, post everything they want, most often kids do care about privacy. They may even develop several strategies to keep their privacy while communicating online. So, while adults try to avoid sharing photos or information about their life, their kids can easily choose who sees their posts.
The internet can help your children to get acquainted with different people and learn something new. The Internet also gives them a chance to create their own blogs and microblogs to express themselves. And, if you have been thinking kids do not care about privacy, now you know they often do. To conclude, the best approach to internet safety is to teach your kids what the internet safety is by discussing what respectful online behavior is.