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Safer Internet Day 2019: Working together with your children for a better online experience
By: ESET Middle East
What does it mean to work together where online safety is concerned? It could be an IT security company working closely with a consultation of parents to develop products, or parents and teachers working to ensure the online education of our young people. But what about children themselves? We put a lot of onus on finding the right solutions and products to protect our kids online, but one day those kids will grow up and live without online parental control. We should think about the best way to prepare them; 'together for a better internet' should mean working with our children to educate, inform and protect them, so they can stand the best possible change of making the right decisions for themselves.
That's not to say that software doesn't play a crucial role, and ESET would encourage all parents to take care over choosing the right parental control (https://parentalcontrol.eset.com/?
The internet is such an integral part of our lives that the earlier you start talking to kids, involving them and teaching them about their online worlds, the better the results. Creating an open dialogue will always be more effective than just putting your foot down.
Set an example; whatever you expect your kids to do, make sure you are also doing. The online world represents dangers for all of us and we can all benefit from a few more precautions. If you're asking your kids to cover their webcam when they're not using it, then make sure you also do it. If you're restricting their screen time, then think about setting yourself some boundaries as well. With the damaging effects of too many screens on our health and wellbeing, it's unlikely to have any negative repercussions.
ESET's software, such as its ESET Parental Control (https://parentalcontrol.eset.com/?
It's elements such as these that allow children to be involved in the monitoring of their safety, and truly help parents to work together with their kids for a better internet and the best possible online world.