Take the time needed to do the research.
Many parents feel concerned about online dangers but have not taken the time to understand if Internet
safety software can be of help to their family. If you have concerns about your teen’s online life, be proactive.
Internet safety software can help you define your limits and think through the kinds of content and
communication that are in line with your family’s unique set of values. Once you have done your homework,you’ll be ready to work with your teen to come to an agreement about the contr
ols you think are necessary.
Make personal responsibility and trust the heart of the matter.
Personal responsibility and trust are at the core of any plan to keep teens safe online. Without these values inmind, teens may feel that parents are mainly interested in controlling them and being intrusive. You can workout a plan that encourages teens to act responsibly, letting them know that your trust will grow over time.Keep in mind that teens are more likely to appreciate and accept limits when they feel that their parents arefocused on helping them to be become responsible and trustworthy adults.
Update software as the needs of your family change.
Internet safety software needs to be adjusted as your teen gets older. For example, filtering for foul languagemight be less necessary as your teen becomes more mature. Ideally as your teen gets older there is greater
trust that has been built over time. It’s not unusual for teens to test the limits
and break the rules. When thisoccurs go back to basics, set agreements and consequences, and communicate clearly what your teen needs todo to regain your trust. As teens get closer to leaving home, implementing fewer restrictions will help youassess skills that still need reinforcing.