There are a lot of people who feel attracted to strangers at some point in their life. A lot of people also interact with strangers over the internet which can bring real threat to them. It is quite possible that your teenage son or daughter may be interacting with strangers over the internet which is why it would be a good idea if you put some measures in place in case someone tries to befriend your child. Here are some tips which parents can use to protect their children from such strangers.
If your kid is smart and knows his/her way around the internet, it would be a good idea for you to learn how to use various social media as well. You could also ask your kid for help as this would also give you the option of providing support to him and perhaps even preventing him from going on websites you think are inappropriate.
Once you have learns whatever there is to know regarding social media, you can put into force some rules and regulations which your child would have to follow while using the internet from home. The rules should ideally be appropriate for your child depending on how old he may be. You can limit the amount of time he spends on the internet, the kind of websites he can visit, the activities he can indulge in as well as the content he can view. If you wish, you could even install a parental control software on your computer as an additional check over what your child does over the internet.
One of the best ways through which you can avoid strangers online and on social media is to ignore them if they send friend requests. Strangers tend to send kids friend requests for deceitful reasons and it is unlikely that their intentions are good. Thus, children should be taught not to talk to unknown people and to not add strangers and share any personal information with them.
Parents should also let their kids know that they should not meet anyone from the internet in real life. If they don’t know someone, they shouldn’t interact and certainly shouldn’t make plans of meeting up. While the virtual world itself is dangerous, bringing this danger into the real world can cause additional problems.
Make sure to let your child know that he/she shouldn’t share personal and classified information with anyone. Such information includes phone numbers, birth date, addresses or the school they study at. Such information even generally shouldn’t be shared over the internet for risk of it getting into the wrong hands.
Lastly, with social media on the rise, people have begun to post pictures of themselves online on their personal profiles. Kids should be made aware about how dangerous it can be to upload such pictures on the internet and how there are chances of these pictures getting into the wrong hands. To reach an agreement, perhaps your child can be made to show you the picture first before it is uploaded online.