Parry Aftab is a US lawyer, child advocate and expert in all aspects of cyberlaw, cybercrime and privacy. Here are her tips for keeping your child safe online.
I am asked questions about kids online safety at least a hundred times a day. Is the Internet a dangerous place? Are there predators out there looking to set up a meeting with my child? How can we find good and reliable content online? How can I supervise my child’s surfing when I can’t even turn on the computer?
Happily, most of the risks are easily confined. Talk to your children about what they do online (and offline also), and let them know you are there to help if things go wrong. You will note that in our safe surfing agreement parents have to promise only one thing…not to overreact if their children come to them for help. Earn their trust, and be worthy of it. It’s not about technology at all…it’s about communication and good parenting.
During the show today, I mentioned The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force as a resource for information, and SpectorSoft, software that helps you monitor your children’s computers. Here are some other helpful resources to keep your kids safe:
- Basic Safety Tips for Parents
- Blocking, Filtering and Monitoring
- Safe-Surfing Contracts for Kids
- Understanding the Sexual Predator
- Handhelds and Other Devices