Tips to protect the safety of children to Internet and video games.
Last week The Telegraph published these tips for parents concerned about the safety of their children while surfing the Internet. Here are some tips to consider.
Do not panic
… the technology had never advanced so fast and it is inevitable that children enjoy themselves with ever more sophisticated games and use the Internet more effectively. The most important thing is to remember that networking is a powerful tool for entertainment and education.
… but are practical:
Of course there are dangers online, the same as at home or in real life. Make sure you know why pages sailing and why they like the video games they play. It is important that the computer or consoles are in a common space, such as the living room or kitchen, so that parents can see what children do.
Promote the effective use of technology …
it is now known that the use of computers and even video games is beneficial to the child’s development. Not only must know how to use technology when they grow up, but also provides a relatively safe opportunity to develop coordination and even meet people.
… but be sure to understand:
Some games teach children important skills such as cooperation and patience, but others simply have to do with killings, attacking. As parents better understand what each one of the games that use better can guide their choices. In case you want to join a social network to chat with friends, seek to choose a specific network for children, as clubpenguin.com or online game Adventure Rock BBC, rather than others such as Facebook or Myspace.
Use the built-in parental controls:
Actulmente almost all browsers have some effective parental controls.
Conduct research on special protection software:
Several manufacturers sell software designed to limit what can be done on a computer, as Cyberpatrol.com, offering the possibility to limit both the time and the type of Web access. McAfee and Norton have their own versions.
And do not forget the phone:
The latest models are almost palmtops. Every day more able to access the Internet, record videos and take pictures of great quality and play music. Seek to promote responsible use of mobile, as they would with the PC.
To protect the child’s identity online:
Seek to be aware of how much personal information provided and make public. Explain that they can use pseudonyms and should never provide too much information about themselves to strangers they meet on the network.
Remember that there is a real danger:
The anonymity of the network enables numerous criminal activities and young people are exposed.
And finally: be realistic and remember that prohibition does not work:
the child will use computers and school consoles. We must seize what is worth and know what can be harmful and how to balance the risks to getting the most out of the net.