How do I keep my kid safe on the Internet?

Internet safety goes way beyond protecting kids from strangers or blocking inappropriate content. It's about helping your kids use the Internet productively and practice safe, responsible online behavior -- especially when you're not there to answer their questions or check in on where they've ventured. Keep in mind that what may seem like basic knowledge to parents is new to kids just getting started in the digital world. Having a conversation before your kid embarks online helps set expectations and establish ground rules. Here are the basic guidelines to share with your kid:

  • Follow your family's rules about when and where to use the Internet.
  • Be polite, kind, and respectful.
  • Understand a website's rules, and know how to flag other users for misbehavior.
  • Recognize "red flags," including someone asking you personal questions such as your name and address.
  • Never share your name, your school's name, your age, your phone number, or your email or home address with strangers.
  • Never send pictures to strangers.
  • Keep passwords private (except from parents).
  • Never open a message from a stranger; it may contain a virus that can harm a computer.
  • Immediately tell an adult if something mean or creepy happens.
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Teen, 15 years old written by manostats1

First of all, you can use parental controls if you want to but speaking from personal experience, it's extremely easy to get around them. It just doesn't work. Use VPN's or antiviruses. Secondly, most kids know this stuff so telling them doesn't particularly make a difference but the real way to keep a child safe on the internet is to reason with them and trust them. If you reason with them and gently ask them what kind of things they do on the internet, although they probably won't open up, there's always a chance. But if you decide to be strict and unreasonable, demanding that they tell you everything NOW, they will shut down and block you out since it feels like they're getting in trouble. This helps psychology building them up in their minds, plus with God, he does miracles. Lastly, trust your kid, honestly, it might not seem very appealing and might seem like you're not doing anything but trust them, don't scrutinise them. Obviously, don't turn a blind eye to bad things but trust that they're not doing anything bad, have conversations and build up their trust. What I'm trying to say, is just trust them, it's the best thing a parent can ever do for a child.
Kid, 11 years old

Check their messages regularly, turn on privacy settings and parental controls, and make sure they understand website rules, never sharing personal info, thinking before posting and how to report.
Teen, 15 years old written by Greasybacon

Skip parential controls, it is very easy for kids to get around these things. Make sure they are using a good secure antivirus or even a VPN. This will easily stop people from tracking your kid online. Most importantly trust your kid!
Teen, 13 years old written by Reader Girl

Set up privacy controls on their phone and tell them stories about what can happen if they post personal info online. If they know how their actions will affect them they will be more likely to follow the rules.
Teen, 17 years old written by DarkOreo

How to protect your kid! 1.Set Up Security levels that block trackers or websites that are restricted to go on. 2.Look at what websites your kid/teen is sighing up. 3.Make sure he does not post things like his/hers Birthday were you live and when you go on vacation. 4.Dont post anything you would not want to see on the news or on social medea 5.Find out who your kid is talking to in real life or on the internet. 6.Find out who his friends are Before someone takes them in there car.
Teen, 17 years old written by DarkOreo

I think I have one my family used to set up cameras that I did not know about to see what they are doing
Parent of a 13 year old written by fleecy34

Keep them off porn hub xvidios and omegal as well as chat rooms put parental controls on so you can keep track of what your child is doing
Adult written by ghost s.

Why? Kids are going to explore their sexuality, so why not guide them through it and support them. I've looked into it and most porn addicts are told that what they do is bad, so they label themselves as "sinners" and think that it's not normal.
Kid, 12 years old

I may be 12 years old, but I know a lot about internet safety. First of all, never, EVER ON ANY CIRCUMSTANCES tell any strangers personal information. Second, make sure you have Parental Controls on any of their devices. Third of all, keep track of what they do on the internet. Follow those 3 basic rules and you should be fine