While you may love to use the computer as an adult your kids probably love it even more. And they probably love using more than just the computer every day. They probably love all of the other internet enabled devices that you have at the house as well. These days there are a ton of options for kids to use when it comes to devices in the household. A few years ago a household was lucky if it just had one computer in it. Now you have households which have multiple computers, multiple smartphones, multiple tablets, several video game consoles and whatever else you can imagine. These days’ computational devices are all around the house and it is not really surprising that your kids would pick up a love for them as well.
And let’s not forget that there are a lot of developers who realize that kids use the computer a lot so they make web sites that target them. And that only makes kids want to go on the web sites more than they did before. But you have to remember that you have to be there to help your kids while they are going online. And we do not mean that you only have to be there to show them how to get online. No, you also have to be there to make sure they know how to stay safe when they are online as well. There are a lot of problems that a kid can run in to when they are online. So you have to take the time and show them how to be safe when they are using the internet. If you do not then the problem that you are ignoring now can really come back to haunt you later on down the line.
The first obvious reason why you have to make sure you keep your kids safe while they are using the computer or any other device that will allow them to surf online is that there are a lot of predators out there. There are some sick people who spend the day trolling on different kid related web sites so that they can prey on the innocent young minds. Before your kid goes on any web site, even if it is supposed to be a kid themed site, you need to check it for yourself to make sure that it is safe. When it comes to your kids all websites need to be examined, not just the ones that look like that they might be dangerous. The bad guys will take the time to make a web site look like it is kid friendly only so that it can become part of their trap.
Another reason why you have to look over your kids shoulder when it comes to any device that can access the internet is to make sure that they are following proper security protocols. It is hard enough for most adults to make sure that they are following the right way to do security while on the internet; it is doubly hard for your kids as well. And you have to remind them that the same rules that you have on the computer that allows them to stay safe is the same rules that you have for any tablet or smartphone as well. Just like a lot of adults do, kids will think that just because they are using a different type of device, the same old rules do not apply. You have to remind them that just because they are on a different device does not mean they are not using the same old internet.
So when it comes to your kids, you have to make sure that you are watching them so that they can be safe. You want to be there to explain to them anything that they might have questions about.