Dear Editor,As the internet is here to stay with children for almost every day, it’s time to introduce some cyber safety rules and make them aware. It is very important to keep a check on them especially when they are using internet.I am sharing few tips to keep children safe while using internet and studying online.As soon as your child starts accessing the internet, talk to them about what they are reading, watching and to whom they are communicating online – and keep the conversation going as they grow older. Always ask children what sites they visit or apps they use, write a list, and look at them together.It is very important to teach child about what is appropriate, and what is restricted and not to access.It’s vital to teach them about their online reputation, too, and how they must be careful about how they behave, interact with people and represent themselves in such a public forum. They must always remember that the internet isn’t private.Moreover, always monitor child’s time online, particularly younger children. Keep the computer in a central spot in the home where it’s easy to keep an eye on what your child is doing and viewing online. For mobile devices, one can set them to forget Wi-Fi passcodes so your children can’t go online without you knowing.it is equally important to check browser histories after your child has been online to see what sites they are visiting. Innocent searches online can lead to not-so-innocent results, so it’s wise to know how to use the parental controls/search restrictions offered by web browsers, internet service provides and devices.Make sure you become friends and contacts within your child’s social media circles and ensure you monitoring posts. Your children may resist but tell them that is one of the conditions for allowing them access internet.By taking these simple steps we can make our children learn how to use internet safely and wisely.Kshitiza Sharma,Jammu.
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