When you are the parent there is a lot that you try to do to protect your family. Not only will you try to protect the kids in the family but you will also try to protect your spouse as well. That is normal and is totally appropriate. That is your job as a parent and as the significant other. But there is a problem when it comes time to try and protect people from every threat that is out there. You are never able to predict where all of the threats are going to come from. That is one of the things about life that you just have to get used to. It is unpredictable and no one is able to see the future. You just have to be ready for what comes along and be prepared to deal with it.
One thing that parents were not able to see coming in the recent past was the heavy proliferation of the internet. Well of course some parents with a highly technical background might have been able to see it but for the most part it surprised everyone. But now it is here and it is something that everyone wants to use all of the time. And not only that, access to the internet is now portable and everyone is able to use it wherever they go. If you have kids then that is a problem because you want to be able to protect your children from the dangers of the internet. And there are a lot of dangers that you have to worry about. But how do you do that when the internet is everywhere at all times.
The first thing that you can do is talk to your kids. And even talk to your significant other if they are not what you would call tech savvy. Explain to them the dangers that they face when they are on the internet. You should really try to instill in them the fact that they are very exposed when they are online. They should not think that the dangers that are out there will not happen to them. They have to be very careful with what they are doing and who they communicate with online. Exposing too much information to the wrong person can really come back to haunt you down the line.
When it comes to your kids you really want to limit their exposure to the internet as well. Make sure you know where they are going when they are online. Be aware of their internet adventures just like you would if they were going out to play somewhere. The younger the kid is the more control you are going to want to have when it comes to their internet habits. But as the kid gets older you have to remember that you want to give them some space. If you do not give them space to be themselves on the internet then they are going to go somewhere else and log in. You just want to be sure that they take the proper precautions when it comes to their safety online, both against predators and black hat hackers who might try to steal from them.
Also do not forget the older members of your family who might not be as tech savvy. You want to be sure that they are not getting in trouble online as well. Make them aware of the scams that target older people online. Try to inform them to keep them from falling for the scams.
Overall the internet is a wonderful place but it does have its dangerous side. Help your family stay safe by keeping yourself and then them informed.