As the Internet grows in popularity as do social networking sites our teens are on the Internet more and more every day. It isn’t always that teens go looking for trouble when they are online but trouble can fall into their lap if they aren’t careful. Parents have the responsibility to help teens understand the dangers of sharing information, surfing the Internet and more.
- Know of all things in your house that can possibly connect to the Internet.
- Use content filters and passwords to protect access. When your teen wants to be online they should be asking you to make it accessible and then you know when they are online and when they aren’t.
- Keep the computer and other Internet accessible items out in an open living area where you will see the content being viewed or uploaded.
- Make your Internet rules for your household firm and clear to your teen. If you need to put this into a parent contract to help you make things clear that is a great idea. There should be consequences for any abuse of such privileges.
- Talk, talk and more talk. Make sure you keep talking to your teens about how to be safe. Stay up to date on what sites are up and coming and what is popular for teens. Know the language they are using (including the text language).