staying safe online

I picked this topic because I currently work at a daycare center and the kids like to play games on the computer all the time. More recently they have been typing in people’s names and searching them on Google. They were looking for pictures of people they knew. I sat with them while they looked up people’s names to make sure nothing inappropriate popped up and that they were not searching for things they weren’t supposed to be.
At the center each classroom has a computer with a log on for kids and then another log on for staff. When they are logged on to the kid’s area they are not able to access certain sites because we blocked them. Currently their favorite thing to do is play on mini clip. Mini clip is a site we a bunch of different games. We talk with the kids and make sure that they are playing appropriate games.
In the article, they give tips on how to keep your child safe while being online. Some of their suggestion is sitting with the kids and search things. Making sure that they understand what content is appropriate for them and which is not. Another good idea would be to explain how the internet helps and hinders people. I would say most kids think the internet is always a positive thing. They get bummed when they can’t use it. Some kids don’t understand the negative things that can be found on the internet. It’s not just looking up stuff on Google, there are many ways the internet can hurt someone or be inappropriate. One of the best ways to keep your child safe from inappropriate things is by making sure your computer is protected and secure.
Now days kids have social media accounts like Facebook, messenger, snap chat, etc… They come across people who aren’t very friendly or people who are too friendly. Parents should teach their kids how to react and respond to people they don’t know online. The people can range from people they don’t know or to someone they know from school or other activities. Some kids get bullied by other `classmates on the internet or just by random people. You never know who is on the other side of the computer. They can tell you that they are your best friend but it maybe someone you don’t know. They may even try to get you to do something you don’t want to do. Parents and adult role models need to encourage kids to come forward when someone is a bullying them, asking them to meet them or asking personal information. It’s a good idea to keep a short lease on your child’s internet interaction.
Overall, I think that people need to be made more aware and become educated about the risks of using the internet. If you would like some more good tips on how to keep yourself and your family safe online, you can go to http://www.staysafeonline.org/stay-safe-online/for-parents/raising-digital-citizens.

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