Protecting your Children Online

Tips, Tricks and Must-Have Services

 Tips for protecting your children online

Family around the computer

As a child, one of the first lessons we commonly learn is to avoid ‘talking to strangers’, but more importantly we were forewarned not to disclose personal information like our home address and full name to people we didn’t know.

Teaching these age-old lessons and cautionary tales about safety and privacy become even more challenging for parents in the digital age, as children often feel a false security behind a computer screen and unfortunately fail to see the possible dangers with socializing and surfing the web.

Children Getting Online Earlier

What’s more, whether it’s for the purpose of socializing, research, gaming or entertainment, children are looking to get on the web younger and younger every year.

In a recent study conducted by Consumer Reports, it was found that kids as young as 10 years old are rapidly adopting technology, specifically within the social networking space. And although sites such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook all have age restrictions, sign-ups can easily be circumvented by a simple click of the mouse.

With an estimated 7.5 million kids under the age of 13 on Facebook, it’s clear that parents need to monitor behaviors on the web. Considering that, that’s 7.3 million children that are alarmingly vulnerable to naively over-sharing personal data. After all, children under 13 are often extremely trusting.

Social networking isn’t the only risk online. It’s also inevitable that children will find themselves on inappropriate adult-only sites, whether it was intentional or not.

mom and daughter on iphone

Children are born into the digital world

Nevertheless, by providing our children with access to technology and the internet, they’ll glean the skills they need to succeed in today’s age. And, there are a myriad of sites and applications that are capable of providing a safe, controlled environment for our children.

Below we’ve listed a few services, tools and tips to assist you in protecting your children’s privacy and safety online.

About The Author

Brodie Beta
Brodie Beta is a tech blogger, podcaster and self-proclaimed geek with a passion for gadgets, social media, mobile applications and anything related to the web. She has written columns for well-known technology sites including The Next Web, her personal website Geeklish , and a national newspaper in Canada, the Globe and Mail. Brodie is also the co-founder of Drink Social Media , an agency based in Toronto. You can also connect with Brodie on Facebook ("LIKE" her social media page!) and Twitter!

5 Responses to Protecting your Children Online

  1. SK8GAL says:

    Jennifer- I Agree! we found out that our daughter had set up a facebook for herself when she was 11…so we asked her to show us. She had all of her privacy settings set up so well that only her best friends could see her on the website! I am soooo proud!

  2. delores.uhl says:

    good acticle

  3. Nicki says:

    This is such an important issue! kids who have fredom on the internet without parental knowledge or supervision are easy targets for exposure to some horrible stuff. Parent involvement is so important when computer time is involved.

  4. Jacalyn says:

    I thought I’d have to read a book for a discovery like this!

  5. Dune Girls Mama says:

    The article talks about the possible Dangers! I’m the mother of three very indepentant social teenagers and the dangers are real! OMG. From bullying to info being gotten by the wrong people. Even if you have Smart kids the dangers are real and out there. We’ve had things happen, and so, this article is a great one and should be taken seriously. Even if you have the smartest kids in the world, there are still very bad people out there that make it there mission to expoit our kids. Kids don’t realize half the time what they’re doing, and everyone makes mistakes. Oh i just wish people would wake up. Our jobs as parents is to teach and protect our children in ALL areas of their lives.