Internet Safety for Kids Age 8-10 Years Old

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Kids from 8 to 10 years old are still dependent on their family but starting to show interest in the activities that older people do. They begin to imitate older people that may seem to be a rehearsal of their entry as pre-teens.

Internet threats to Kids Age 8-10 Years Old

Kids at this age begin to play games online. They may to stick to one site but they can easily experiment the search engines to look for other gaming sites or things that may interest them which may lead them to undesirable sites. They are vulnerable to fear from portrayals of dangers, violence, and threats online.

Kids of this age may have their own private email address or may be using instant messaging or entering chat rooms. They are also vulnerable to danger these things can bring.

Although they may have no intention to enter into danger, they lack proper judgment to differentiate the good sites from the bad. Innocence can be their weak point. To protect them, here are the things you can do:

• Create rules on how and when to use the internet.
• Kids at this age should use the internet with adult supervision.
• Sit down with them to make sure that you know the sites they are entering.
• Keep your internet-connected computer in an area where an adult is around and not in your kids’ bedroom.
• Set up a firewall on your computer so that they can’t enter prohibited websites. Use this as a tool and aid – not a replacement for your guidance.
• Teach them to properly use email. It is much better if you create a family email address that you share with your kids so that you can access and monitor the entry of emails.
• Let your kids know that they shouldn’t open and why they shouldn’t open emails and download attachments from unknown senders.
• Encourage them to make friends at school and not online. Tell them not to answer emails or talk to strangers online.
• They shouldn’t use instant messaging at this age or if you are allowing them to use it, use strict guidance.
• Encourage them to share their daily online experience with you.
• Teach your kids to ask permission first before doing something online like entering a contest or joining a group.

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