Does your 8th grader like to get online? Silly question, right? Most teenagers today have some way of accessing the internet. Unfortunately, most of the time they are online may be unsupervised. Of course kids do sneak around behind parents backs, but in some circumstances, parents forget that older kids need to be monitored. Even though they look like mini adults, they are not. Their brains have not yet matured to be able to foresee consequences. That is why at this age it is still super important that we as parents, make sure they understand that Internet safety for kids is no joke. So, what can you do to keep your kids safe while on the internet?
- Talk with your kids. Explain the dangers.
- Supervise them. Of course, I am not saying be a helicopter parent, but when they are in your sight, it doesn’t hurt to look at their screen or ask them what they are doing.
- Check their search histories. I know that some may argue invasion of privacy, but until your child is an adult, this argument isn’t valid in my book.
- Search filters! There are many you can buy, and some that are free. They can help protect your child from websites and images that are not appropriate.