Safe Internet Surfing Tips for Minor – Online Safety
By Rupali Jain
Why do Minor Need Protection on The Internet?
Nowadays, safety is more important not only in a physical way like in societies, cities, and countries. But yes also virtually world-like on Social media, and any technologies that we are using.
The first main thing is that, all children should be educated about a few common dangers on the Internet, and how to avoid falling prey to online crime and fraud.
As computers and Internet-connected devices become more common — for work, play, or school assignments — it can become more difficult for parents to protect their children from numerous threats on the Web.
When a child logs on to the Internet, he or she is linking up to a vast network of computers that extends all over the globe. The Internet neither belongs to nor is controlled by any one person, organization or government. It’s not a legal vacuum – the law applies online exactly as it does offline, and people who break the law are subject to investigation and prosecution.
How kids can be safe on internet activities
Maintain Your Privacy – Be careful while signing up for a website or creating a profile. Ask an adult about what information you should tell. Sensitive personal details include your name, age, phone number, address, school name, and email ID. Choose your user ID or screen name carefully and avoid using personal details in it. Chat room logs are monitored, so be cautious while chatting online.
Be Careful with Strangers – If by chance you start talking to strangers. Maintain extra caution when you chat. Do not allow them to get too close, or contact you in person. Take the help of an adult for the first few times you chat online.
Some Browsing Tips –
- Do not download files or programs without the consent of a supervising adult.
- Avoid people who try to harass you, or say something inappropriate.
- Beware of fraudsters who use false identities to appeal and victimize innocent kids.
- Do not try to replace real-life relationships with online conversations and friendships.
- Do not post your pictures online or email them to strangers.
- Avoid visiting dubious sites and clicking on links that seem suspicious.
- If you make an online friend, inform your parents about it.
- Get an adult’s approval before you purchase any item online.
- Do not reveal your passwords to anybody. Avoid opening email attachments from strangers and delete suspicious emails immediately.
Parental Awareness toward their kids
Playing it safe online can help prevent you — and your kids — from being exposed to unwanted information, materials, or risks on the internet that might harm your devices, personal information, or your family. It’s smart to teach children computer safety so that they don’t fall victim to some common dangers of the internet.
- Spend time online together to teach your kids to appropriate online behavior.
- Keep the computer in a common area where you can watch and monitor its use, not in individual bedrooms. Monitor any time spent on smartphones or tablets.
- Bookmark kids’ favorite sites for easy access.
- Check your credit card and phone bills for unfamiliar account charges.
- Find out what, if any, online protection is offered by your child’s school, after-school center, friends’ homes, or any place where kids could use a computer without your supervision.
- Take your child seriously if he or she reports an uncomfortable online exchange.
- First, set limits on online time. When their time online is not idle, there’s a smaller chance of drifting into undesirable parts of the web.
- Tell your children to talk with you before sharing information like their names or address or speaking with someone they meet online. They should tell you right away if they see something that upsets or scares them.
- Talk to your children about the potential dangers that they may face online.
- Provide guidelines that let your child know what they can and cannot do on the Internet. For example, your guidelines could tell your child whether they are permitted to:
- Register with social networking or other websites
- Make online purchases
- Download music, video, or program files
- Use instant messaging programs
- Visit Internet chat rooms
- If your child is allowed to use instant messaging and/or visit chat rooms, it’s worth explaining to them that it’s dangerous to chat with or send messages to anyone that they don’t know and trust.
- Download and install the latest security patches and updates for all your devices as they come out. This includes your operating systems, apps, and other software.
- Install a rigorous antivirus product that’s capable of defending all of your families’ computers and mobile devices against malicious programs and hackers. Many Internet security software products combine antivirus capabilities and advanced parental control features that make it easier to protect your children when they’re online. You should look for these features:
- Anti-spam filtering
- Phishing protection
- Parental controls
- Real-time web browsing monitoring
Set up parental controls
You don’t have to purchase parental control software to protect your child during online learning. There are already a lot of helpful tools built into your device hardware, software, and internet browser.
Find tutorials here to help you maximize built-in privacy settings and content blockers.
- Parental controls for Apple products
- Parental controls for Google Play
- Parental controls guide for Chrome book
- Content restrictions for Windows 10 and Xbox One
- Parental controls for YouTube Kids
- Content filters on Safe Search for Google
- Parental controls on Amazon Free Time
- Parental controls on Netflix
Interesting Websites for kids
- PBS Kids – PBS Kids is a game-based learning website that helps children learn reading, vocabulary, math, and science in an engaging way.
- Curious World – Curious World is an amazing kid-friendly application that features school-appropriate content, videos, games, and books to engage your young child’s mind.
- NASA Kid’s Club – Travel to space with your young astronaut in NASA Kid’s Club. The site includes a lot of fun activities for exploring and learning more about space and beyond.
- Animal Jam (National Geographic Kids) – In collaboration with National Geographic Kids, Animal Jam is a virtual world game, set in the land of Jamaa where kids can play games, meet new friends and learn amazing facts about plants and animals.
- Fun Brain – Fun brain is a great educational entertainment site that uses interactive games to coach learning for children. It also includes learning aids for parents and teachers who tutor kids at home or in school.
- Sesame Street – Help your kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder with Sesame Street’s Tool Kits. Activities on the site help make learning fun and also teach kids good values that will help them grow into kind, conscientious human beings.
- Disney Family – Disney Family is a fun DIY site for children interested in creative crafts and cooking. The site has a collection of simple DIY projects for kids and moms wanting some creativity in their bonding time.
- Make me a genius – A site that guarantees to make your child a genius has a lot of promises to live up to. MakeMeGenius.com is filled with videos that cover a variety of subjects, such as physics for kids, photosynthesis, the nervous system, the solar system, and electricity.
- Funology – Funology touts itself as being “the science of having fun!” Kids will love the magic tricks, allowing them to impress their family and friends.
- Adventure Academy – This application immerses kids in a virtual academy where they can learn, discover and play.
Minor Safe Application
- Youtube kids – This provides a more contained environment for kids to explore YouTube and makes it easier for parents and caregivers to guide their journey.
- Amazon prime Videos – Prime Video boasts a particularly strong line-up of children’s shows, featuring animated series that are works of art and live-action shows built around solid scripts with engaging stories.
- Netflix – Kids TV Shows. They can watch some cool TV shows, Superheroes, super friendships, and super fun–these cartoon and live-action shows have it all.
- SchoolTube – This app is used by schools, students, and teachers where students can create and upload their very own videos
Parental Control App
- Qustodio – Qustodio lets you supervise your child’s messages and social media posts to ensure they don’t share personal information with strangers.
- Norton – Norton Parental Control gives you tools for online supervision, but also tools to help you keep the online safety conversation going with your kids.
- OpenDNS Family Shield – Block domains on your whole home network at the router level.
- Kid Logger – Detailed activity logging, including apps used and keystrokes.
- Spyrix Free Keylogger – Find out what your kids are typing, and if they might be in trouble.
- Kaspersky Safe Kids – Parental control software for all devices.
- Bark – Bark helps families manage and protect their children’s online lives.
- www.childnet.com- Child net International’s website offers internet safety advice and links for young people, parents, teachers, etc.
- www.digizen.org – Provides information about using social network / social media sites creatively and safely, including advice and guidance on cyberbullying.
- www.iwf.org.uk- The Internet Watch Foundation website is the UK’s hotline for reporting illegal online content, including child abuse images and racial hatred content.
- www.ceop.police.uk – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre’s website provides information on how to stay safe online, including a link to the Virtual Global Taskforce that enables parents and young people to make reports of actual or attempted abuse online which the police will investigate.
- www.thinkuknow.co.uk- The CEOP Centre’s online safety site provides advice and tips to adults and children of all ages.