In order to ensure that their children use the internet properly, parents should:
- Educate children to use technology responsibly, by encouraging them to use their knowledge and instincts in order to stay safe online.
- Stay alert and get involved in online activities together with their children, since parents’ involvement has a powerful effect on their children’s experience, promoting positive behaviour.
- Check whether the website offers the following technical options:
- filtering and parental control;
- saving the history of sites visited by children;
- moderation of the use of pages by an authorized person or by default, as a means of blocking offensive material, responding to suspicious behaviour and warning users;
- posting pictures and videos;
- reporting and blocking inappropriate services and materials for children;
- age verification.
- Stay calm and do not react instantaneously when they realize that their children, or any of their friends, have behaved improperly online. Some websites are very important for children’s social lives. If children fear that they will be denied access to these sites, they are more likely to start raising this issue publicly on the internet through different posts.
- Advise children not to share their passwords with friends, other family members or strangers.
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