During the COVID-19 outbreak, elementary and high schools remain closed to protect everyone’s health. These days, your children are likely to be spending a lot of time on the Internet. How can you help your children make the most out of their online experience while limiting its harm?
Below are a few ways you can help keep your child safe online during this health crisis.
1. Spend time with your children online.
– Create online gatherings. Connect with friends and family online and involve your children in the process;
– Help your children recognize fake online information about COVID-19;
– Together with your children, explore and discover apps and games that suit their ages.
2. Allow your children to express themselves and have fun.
– Encourage them to voice their views online and offer support to others during the pandemic;
– Encourage them to try online exercise videos and videos games that require physical movements;
– Help your children create a balanced schedule. Make sure they spend time on offline activities too.
3. Protect them with technology.
– Install the latest antivirus programs on your child’s computer or phone;
– For younger children, consider using parental controls and safe search;
– Teach your children how to keep their personal information safe.
4. Open the door of communication with your children.
– Set rules on when and where they can use computers or smartphones;
– Talk to your children and find out who they are communicating with online;
– Learn about cyberbullying and pay close attention to any changes in your child’s behaviors.