Internet Safety for Kids: Prevention is More Important Than Cure
Kids Get Access to Internet More Easily Than Before
In the 21st century, keep your kids safe online can be especially challenging since smartphone access has become more prevalent. According to Pew Research Center, 95% of teens can access to a cellphone, and 45% of teens online almost constantly, 44% of teens go online several time a day. Even younger kids can get access to internet in large numbers. Based on a study from the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, more than 60% of fourth to eighth kids can be exposed to cellphones or tablets, almost 50% of them have a computer at home.
All these statistics state that kids have more opportunities to explore and learn online. Meanwhile, more internet risks are coming on the way. Parents should have the internet safety talk and ways to control unwanted content as soon as kids are given a connected device.
What Kinds of Dangers that Your Kids Are Facing?
Internet give the rise of threats to personal safety
The growth of the internet makes digital communication become possible, which can allow people communicate with others through the internet, sometimes people can also contact with some malicious users who often use the internet for personal gain. Children are often the targets of these malicious users, parents should pay more attention to this. The most common threats to personal safety include below:
Personal information leaks become more common
Due to the convenience of internet and the popularity of social media, people leak their sensitive information, identity or passwords unconsciously. Unauthorized access and usage of private information may result in consequence such as identity theft, as well as theft of property. Common causes of information security breaches include:
Where should to pay attention to internet safety for teens
Social media plays a major role in your teen’s life, it’s where they can express themselves, connect with friends, and create and share new experiences. But it can also come with a whole host of issues (such as cyberbullying and predatory behaviors mentioned above). As a parent it is important to stay on top of your teen’s social media use.
According to NSPCC, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram are the most used methods to groom children. Now the NSPCC is calling on Government and social networks to develop technology already at their disposal to prevent grooming and bring in grooming alerts for victims and moderators.
Insufficient awareness of safety education
Number of Participants Recommending This Age
Based on a data collection from BMC Public Health, 16 (20.8%) reported currently teaching internet safety, 51 (66.2%) had never taught it, and 4 (7.8%) had never taught it but planned to soon. Among clinicians, 3.6% regularly and 55% sometimes counseled patients on internet safety. One-third of clinicians (33.3%) had never counseled or taught patients about internet safety and a few clinicians (8.1%) had no experience with this but planned to begin soon. All parents reported discussing online safety with their children either sometimes (58.3%) or regularly (40.3%).
All groups selected parents as the primary candidate to teach internet safety. Among teachers, 97% ranked parents as their first-choice candidate, and 3% ranked teachers as first choice. Among clinicians 97% ranked parents as first choice candidate, and 3% ranked teachers as first choice. Among parents, 96% ranked themselves as first choice candidate, and 4% ranked teachers as first choice.
Tips parents should know for internet safety
Whatever their age, we can help you to find out more about what they might be doing online and give you practical advice on the steps you can take as a parent to keep them safe in their digital world.