The internet has drastically changed the way that young adults interact with the outside world.
They gain access to in-depth knowledge, tools to express their creativity, and from people all around the world.
Yet along with offering a fascinating new way to connect with the world but with that come risks of using the internet:
- Exposure to inappropriate material
- Online predators and
- Revealing too much personal information of their own.
Learning to recognise the warning signs of these risks will allow trusted adults to intervene and lessen the potential negative impacts.
By acting as a resource parents and guardians can help to make the usage of the internet less risky for their children. As a parent or guardian, you should be well informed about the current affairs to help understand what your children might be exposed to with the usage of internet and social media.
Social networking and various media platforms with usage of webcams and blogging do have protective measures that can be put in place to ensure safe usage and to avoid exposure of personal details and information, and so parents and young adults should just familiarise themselves with using those safe measures.
Learning the basics of internet safety
Students use a wide variety of online internet services and each of these however can experience different safety concerns. However, there are some basic tips you can learn to employ to enjoy safe internet usage:
- Keep the computer device in a highly populated area where people can keep an eye on you and your activities.
- Employ safety restrictions to selected online areas and time limits.
- The monitoring of all internet accessed mobile devices and personal computers.
- Study the online habits of your children and check their browsing history from time to time.
- Teach your children to be cautious of their online movements and not connect with strangers who might later endanger their lives.
- Continuously engage with your children so that they can open up about their online movements and remind them that safety is priority number one.