Just like texting, online chatting is very important to both adults and teenagers. It is one of the easiest and fun ways to interact and communicate with friends and family members all over the world. However, this innovation in technology has its potential risks. You have to learn parenting tips that can keep your children safe while chatting.
It is important that your children know how to stay in control online. The SMART rules will enable children to be safe and be smart online. Safe: Keep safe by being careful not to give out your personal information – such as your name, e-mail, home address or school name, phone number – to people online. Meeting: Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. If you feel that you ‘have to’ meet, then for your own safety you must tell you parent or career and take them with you – at least on the first visit.
There should be transparency. You can set a rule, allowing your children to chat online, as long as they agree that you can occasionally check their cache files and history. This will help you know if someone is bullying or harassing them.
Explain to them that you will not allow them to be abused. Another parenting strategy that can protect your child from the potential risks of online chatting is to be cautious of the kind of questions from somebody.
Be on guard if someone begins to ask your child personal questions, or if they start to make your child uncomfortable in any way. If this happens, have your child say goodbye and exit the chat room. It might be a good idea to use a different nickname should they decide to chat again in that same room later on. It’s important to know that even though a different nickname is being used, it’s still possible to track someone through their IP, or Internet address.
Another way to ensure that your child will not face danger caused by online chatting is to moderate the time they spend with chatting.
Watch the video below to learn more about the risks of chatting online and how to stay safe.