Our children are now taking online classes from the mobile, tablet, computer, etc., using the internet, playing games, listening to songs, watching videos. When using the Internet, it is important to protect our children from the various dangers that can be created by it and to teach them to use the Internet safely.
Therefore, the Nepal Telecommunication Authority has suggested taking the following measures to protect our children from the possible risks from the Internet.
Do’s and don’ts
1. Keep up-to-date with your children’s activities online and talk openly. Also, encourage them to talk about it.
2. Keep yourself informed about the videos that children watch on YouTube, tick-tackling videos, social and other online games including Facebook.
3. If children use social media, keep track of who their friends are, what they share, how they communicate, and more.
4. Limit the time children spend using mobile, tablet or computer. Instead engage them in extracurricular activities such as sports, physical exercise, meditation, yoga, music.
5. Keep abreast of potentially inappropriate activities that children may encounter while using social media, and establish regular monitoring habits.
6. Bookmark links to online classes, etc. that children regularly use, and teach them how to use them for easy access.
7. Keep a screen of your computer, tablet, or mobile phone visible to everyone to monitor what their children are watching or doing online.
8. Teach children to keep personal details, such as their user ID and password, confidential.
9. Discourage children who meet friends online as much as possible.
10. Keep antivirus, ad blocker, net craft, or child protection software on the computer used by children.
11. Get rid of unnecessary and unused IDs and accounts.
12. Use your Internet service, operating system, parental controls, and child safety features in the application.
13. Teach not to use unsafe websites with freeware, pirated software, and games, free music and videos, pornographic content. Ask them not to click on pop-up windows and banner promotional links sent by such insecure websites.
14. Teach them to click or open only by correctly identifying the links and attachments of computer, email, and internet. If you find such links and attachments suspicious, please do not open them.
15. In case of any suspicious activity or an uncomfortable situation, teach the child to inform the parents and if there is any serious issue, report it to the concerned body.