Thursday, 9 June 2011 at 23:51
With the launch of Little Bird’s Internet Security Adventure last week, AVG shone a light on educating children about the internet, its dangers and its advantages.Communicate: Talk to your kids, make sure they’re aware of what is going on and understand what they are doing online. It may be a difficult subject to approach but having early discussions about the do’s and don’ts of the internet can help give a child an idea of what to avoid while online.Research: Take the time to check out the various websites that your child talks about and visits. It’s important to stay in touch with technology so that you understand the types of environment that your child is interacting with when they go online.Protect: Use a family security product to make sure that your children are safe from harm when online. AVG’s Family Safety is available for a charity donation of just $0.99 (or £0.95) and has a whole host of features that allows you to block, warn or simply monitor your child during their online journey.Supervision: Remember to supervise your child online at all times, just as you would during other activities. This is to ensure both that your child stays clear of suspect behaviour online but also that they are only ever engaging with age-appropriate content during their online time.
Whether you’re concerned about your child unwittingly giving out personal information about themselves or your home or your child stumbling across something unsuitable online, the task is getting greater as the internet begins to play a larger and larger part of our children’s upbringing.
Co-author of Little Bird Siobhan McDermott in the video below gives some helpful advice to parents who are try to keep their children safe and educated. Here are her top four tips:
Little Bird’s Internet Security Adventure can be downloaded here
Source: AVG Blogs | AVG Free Edition