If you as a parent can guide it and direct it in a positive direction, there will be a lot to be gained from the development of cyberspace. The internet can be a medium that provides positive educational value. Protecting kids on the Internet isn’t just about installing content filters. A proactive plan is required that includes all Internet-capable devices. You can search any capable internet device for traces of inappropriate content.
Here are some tips that you can take when accompanying your child to explore the virtual world:
1. Take control of all the administrative passwords of your home computer. Without a password that is known by your child, the child will ask for permission to access the internet and you can limit its use.
2. Use filtering software to block inappropriate content (such as hate speech, racism, adult content and inappropriate games) by age category. Keep in mind, content filtering software alone will not protect children when surfing in cyberspace, but your role as a person is still very much needed.
3. Avoid video cameras on PCs and disable built-in devices on laptops (consult your computer manual). This is to avoid some of the deviations that occur in cyberspace, if you are going to use it, you should give it time.
4. If your child teenager and using social networking sites you should review what your child posts (both private and public pages).
5. It is very important that you talk to your child about the risks involved in using the internet. Tell your kids to never post personal information online and never meet people in person that they have met online.
6. As much as possible the computer is in a common room such as a work room or family room that can be shared, do not put the computer in the private room so that it is easier for you to monitor it.
7. Working with an ISP. If possible, you can work with an internet service provider (ISP), one of which can help you control the use of your children’s access to certain sites, you can even use some parental control software for free.
8. Maximize your browser. If your ISP does not have the capabilities described above, then you can still use other options. For example, by using Internet Explorer, you can select the Content Advisor program which is found at Tools> Internet Options> Content. So it will help filter out language, violence and adult-only sites on the internet.
9. Get to know the site according to the age of your child. You can choose several sites that are suitable for your child’s age, several sites such as movies, music, knowledge and others that can be adjusted according to your child’s age.