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5 Tips For Your Child's First Steps On The Internet

5 Tips For Your Child's First Steps On The Internet

A question to start, in your opinion:

How much time per week does a child under 6 spend on the internet?

Internet offers infinite possibilities. For children and teenagers, it is a window on the world that allows to learn, to have fun, to exchange, to assert oneself ... In short to grow and flourish.

But if one is not careful, it can also be a source of danger, especially for the younger ones.

From this site, here are 5 tips to accompany the first steps of your children on the internet.

1- Limit the time they spend in front of the various screens

Time spent on screens should be limited and monitored. The younger the child, the more important it is to accompany him to adopt the right reflexes.

To do this, take a look at what they are doing and, depending on their uses, adapt the time dedicated to the connected screens, so that their experience is always enriching and positive.

According to Olivier Andrieu Gérard Head of UNAF's Digital Media and Use Center

Think about varying the moments so as not to create a routine habit in a child that could then be complicated to change by growing up!

2- Social media: Teach your children to protect their privacy!

Each social media is for pecific uses, its rules and its precautions.

Before getting our advices, try this simple test:

Do you know social media?

Concretely to help your children, it is important to teach them to:

Protect their personal data and privacy, helping them to set the privacy of their profiles on social media.

Respect others. In particular, do not relay mockery or insults on social media.

Explain the principle of buzz: They can not "publish" everything because they could regret it by growing up. Which is online the rest forever!

If you want to know more about the notion of buzz, Philippe Cayol, coordinator of the program "Internet without fear", says more here!

3- Teach your children to create passwords (and remember them!)

Passwords are like the keys to a house ... Too easy to guess, it would be like going on vacation leaving the doors and windows wide open.
  • To create a good password, you need:
  • To banish the classics "123", "password", "azerty" ...
  • Mix numbers, letters (lowercase and uppercase) and symbols
  • Do not use personal information (name, date of birth ...)
  • Create passwords for each "account" (email, Facebook ...)
  • Do you think it is impossible to respect all these constraints?

4- Supervise what your children do online

Using parental controls, antivirus and firewall tools, you can ensure that suspicious content (spam, phishing) or inappropriate content (violence, pornography) does not navigation and that it does not hack its data.

Each device must be protected and must be updated regularly (tablet, PC, etc.)

5- Preserve their health by learning the right gestures and choosing equipment adapted to their ages

In order to avoid certain health effects (visual fatigue, migraines, tinnitus, tendonitis, cervical or back pain), opt for ergonomic equipment, offering visual and auditory comfort adapted to your child.

Every year, technological innovations are emerging, such as virtual reality and immersion helmets, for example. Check that these technologies are well suited to your child's age, maturity and sensitivity.

To do this, read the manufacturer's precautions and recommendations for use, or ask the dealer for advice.