How to protect children on the Web?

25/01/2018 - 05h08

Despite all the legal provisions put in place in recent years, baddies still roam the Internet. Seeing as "prevention is better than cure", as they say, let's look at some things you need to watch out for.

Today’s children are almost born with a tablet in their hands. They already know how to turn on a mobile phone or watch a video on YouTube before they drink their first milk bottle. So all you can do is play the good cop to avoid any risk of abuse.

  • Put a password on your devices: Smartphone, tablet, PC, SmartTV. Oh, and try to be original: don’t use your postcode, the date of birth of your youngest child or the name of your dog.
  • Place the pc in a room you all use, within sight of everyone. This will allow you to throw a glance at the screen from time to time. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t respect your child’s privacy however ... It’s all about finding a happy medium.
  • Teach your child not to trust strangers, even if they seem to be children of their age. Make them understand that they must never disclose private data such as their address or password, and never post a photo of themselves without asking permission.
  • Establish a precise schedule during which your child can use the PC or tablet. This means that they won’t be surprised when you ask them to turn it off. And you'll see, hopefully, they’ll end up respecting the schedules themselves ... (hopefully, we said).
  • If your child asks you whether they can create a Facebook profile, don’t be too categorical about it. Many of their friends are probably on it already. On the other hand, impose at least one condition: to be one of their friends (to have access to what they publish) and to be able to check their profile once a week for example.
  • You have programs, software that will allow you to block websites with adult, pornographic or violent content. Some software can also block online games or social networks
  • Last tip: talk with your child. The most important thing is for your child to trust you enough to discuss everything with you and the goal is obviously not to demonise the internet at any cost.