What would you like to know?
Share this Story

How to monitor your child's online activities

Kori Ellis is an editor and writer based in San Antonio, TX, where she lives with her husband and four children. At SheKnows, she writes about parenting, fashion, beauty and other lifestyle topics. Additionally, Kori has been published i...

How to... keep your kids safe

You don't want to ban your kids from Internet and smartphone use, but you do want to keep them safe while they are online. Follow these tips to monitor your child's online activities and keep on top of what they are doing on the Internet.
Mom and tween girl on computer

Step 1: Keep the computer out of the bedroom

By keeping your home computer in communal space rather than in your child's bedroom, you'll be able to keep closer tabs on what they are doing. Set up the computer in your family room, den or even off the kitchen.

Step 2: Set the ground rules

Talk to your kids openly about the dangers of the Internet (both predators and cyberbullies), as well as the importance of privacy/anonymity and appropriate behavior. Let them know that you are going to be monitoring their Internet, cell phone and text activity.

Read about 7 things your kids shouldn't share online >>

Step 3: "Friend" them

Is your teen spending a lot of time of Facebook? Become their Facebook friend to keep an eye on their social interaction. If you allow your younger teens to use social media sites, be sure that you have the password to their accounts to stay on top of their online activity.

Read about Facebook and kids: How young is too young? >>

Step 4: Use a monitoring program

Subscribe to a monitoring program or service such as SpectorSoft, SafetyWeb, My Mobile Watchdog or other programs. These types of services allow you to block certain websites, log keystroke activity and record all Internet (and mobile phone) history. With some programs you can even view what your child is doing online in real time, while other services will alert you of any suspicious activity.

Cyberbullying, identity theft and online predators are real dangers. However, with diligence and communication, you can monitor your child's online activities and protect them as much as possible.

More about online safety

Teens and the consequences of social media
Hidden cell phone dangers
Digital parenting: How to keep kids safe online

Recommended for You
Comments
Hot
New in Parenting
Close

And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .

SheKnows is making some changes!