Talking to Teenagers About Online Safety Security – Refob
Online Safety is an important conversation you can share with your teenage children, in which both parents and teenagers play a vital role.
For parents, it’s a good idea to set teenagers limits on how much time they can spend online, as there are many other activities that are also important for their development.
But even if the online limits have been agreed, you must be sure that the time is used productively, for interesting, appealing and, above all, safe content.
Here are some steps you can take to ensure that your teen’s online experiences are positive and to help you have this conversation:
Young people grow up in an online world. Take the time to familiarize yourself with data protection and security protocols so that you know at a young age what is safe and what is not.
Stay in control:
Teenagers are naturally curious and will explore the area as they get older. Parental controls can be installed on phones, tablets, and laptops, as well as on your broadband connection. You can block or filter content, but you can also control how much time is spent online.
Let teenagers know what time they can spend online and the websites, apps, and activities they can participate in. Limits should cover behavior when playing, chatting or messaging. “Don’t do anything online that you wouldn’t do personally” is a basic rule. It can be useful to remind young people that potential employers and universities often check social media profiles and it can be difficult to remove online content.
The web is an astounding asset for training and learning. Urge your young people to show you the sites they like and what they do there.
Admit that teenagers sometimes accidentally come across inappropriate content and feel good when they are made aware of it.
Make a deal:
Find the right time to give your advice and set your ground rules. The day your teenager receives their first phone or tablet can be the day you set up some easy-to-follow online activity guidelines that you can stick to.
It is your responsibility:
It is your parental responsibility to protect them wherever they are, and that includes online. If you are old enough, make sure that a parent befriends them or follows them on their social media. You may encounter resistance, but make it one of the access conditions.
Try to follow the same rules. This can mean that after a certain hour no devices at the breakfast or dinner table or SMS will be sent. Or at least explain why some of the rules for adults are different.