Safe internet for children
1. Parental Guidance
Be aware of the risks children may encounter while using the internet and its consequences on their everyday life, especially those of sexual nature. Communication with your children is crucial. Hence, there is a need to explain them the possible risks that they may encounter while using the internet. Spend time together, browsing safe and interesting pages on the internet and try to understand which their favorite ones are.
Place your computer in your sitting room and not in their bedroom. Placing the computer in their bedroom makes it harder to check the pages your children navigate on. This may increase the risk of your children being exposed to inappropriate sites, particularly to the ones of sexual nature or sexual harassment (pedophiles). Install child protection software or create another user for them limiting the accessible pages. By installing “parental control” programs you can filter the web pages your children can gain access to.
Try to limit the time spent on the computer daily. Unlimited usage may become problematic. Constantly check the browsing history on your computer; this should help you know more about how your children spend their time while on the internet. Be aware of the chatting rooms that may be widely used by people with pedophilic tendencies to approach children in order to harass or sexually abuse them.
Teach your children how to be responsible while using internet sources.
2. Child Guidance
There are some important things one must know and keep in mind while using the computer and/or the internet.
Do not give personal information such as:
• Your full or true name
• Your address
• Your home or mobile phone number
• Name or Address of your school
• Your family’s relatives or friends’ personal data
• Your favorite places
• Your picture to unknown people and/ or to those known through the internet.
Use a nickname – When you create an internet account, e.g. e-mail, chat or in any website. Do not download pictures or videos sent by unknown or known addresses /people through the internet. Do not upload videos or pictures that may be accessible to people known through the internet.
Never reply to different messages, or posts sent by unknown people. Tell your parents/ teacher immediately, if you receive messages which may be offensive or may scare you.
Remember that people you may know through the internet might hide their real age, and can be dangerous. Do not leave any appointments, or try to meet anyone you knew through internet. In case you might feel threatened by someone you have known online, contact "ALO 116". The “ALO 116” service – the National Line for Children in Albania - is available to all children throughout Albania, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and every day of the year. The “ALO 116” service is available for children in need as well, offering them help in case of filing a lawsuit against the violation of children’s rights and the use, or distribution of pornographic material on the internet, ensuring a safe service to children.