Use the Internet to Protect Your Children


With as important as your children are to you, what level of protection do you give them on a daily basis?

If you’ve been a little slow to protect your little ones, isn’t this something that should change moving forward?

Assuming you said yes, will the Internet play a more important role in protection your kids?

Go Online and Learn How Better to Keep Your Kids Safe

In using the Internet to better protect your children, keep these pointers in mind:

  1. Safety with technology – How safe is your child on a daily basis? Keeping your son or daughter safe can mean so many different things. For instance, do you worry about your child when they are old enough to get behind the wheel and drive? Did you know you can use technology to track where they are at all times and who they may be talking to? No, you’re not stalking them. You are in essence making sure they are where they say they are going to be. When it comes to online safety, do you ever fret that someone could stalk your son or daughter online? By having the right computer protection in place, it is much more difficult for a criminal to get to your child. The same holds true when it comes to identity theft concerns. If you spend time to determine what is LifeLock Junior or a similar plan, you are moving in the right direction. Such plans lessen the odds an identity theft thief can get to your child’s Social Security number and more.
  2. Looking up healthcare needs – What do you do if your child wakes up at 1 a.m. with a bad cough or bad stomach or worse? While your first thought may be to rush them to an emergency room, you might determine online what ails them. That said there are online medical pros available at all hours of the day to answer your questions. Even when it is not an emergency, you can use the Internet to learn more about your child’s needs with diet and exercise. There are many different nutritional blogs that speak to what your child should be eating at his or her age. The same holds true when it comes to the proper amounts of exercise they should be getting. With time at your keyboard or on your smartphone, use the web to see what needs your child has and how to improve them.

 

  1. Knowing what is going on in your town – Last, are you tuned in to what is happening around where you and your family live? Unfortunately, too many parents have no clue to what happens around them. As a result, they could be living among some bad characters for starters. Spend time online not only reading and watching local news. It is also a good idea to check police reports. If there is a spike in crime in your town, is that something you can live with? Although you can’t up and move every time you hear or see something bad, you should know what is going on. Also, use social media to converse with other parents that your friends with or may know via others. There are social sites and online forums where you can talk to other parents and those without kids. These would be people who know what is going on in the local neighborhoods.

 

As much as your children mean to you, make sure you protect them from day one until they leave the nest.

 

Photo credit: Lars Plougmann on Flickr. CC-BY-SA-2.0.

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