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You can’t close your eyes anymore for the future to be. The internet has the future. And it is a scary future when you do not know anything about it as a parent. What can you do to protect your children from all those dreadful stories which are going around? You can’t forbid your child to use the internet anymore, they get assignments on school. How can you cope with that? How to be Safe on the Internet?

What is the internet?

The internet is just a collection of websites. Every page you enter in your browser is part of a website. Would you understand the internet better, when you had the knowledge of how a website is created?

When you can’t beat them, Join Them!

Stay safe online through learning the skills.

When you have the know how it is easier to understand the pitfalls.

Knowledge is power.

When I went to the Open Education Days to look for a continuing education for my daughter, I already was studying on the Wealthy
Affiliate University. And I truly see the benefit of it, knowing my way around the computer and internet to be able to help my kids stay safe.

This picture was taken on the information day of one of the schools we visited:)
The text on it is in Dutch and it means

“Are you already online?”

How to be Safe on the internet

Are you allready online?

 

How to be Safe on the Internet by Learning the Skills

How to be safe on the internet

Overcome your fear

I will tell you a story. Years ago, my oldest daughter had a total adoration for horses. We lived on a farm, and I loved sheep, calves, and chicken. But I really didn’t like to come near a horse. I stayed away and went around the animal in a big circle. She was 12 years of age and wanted so much to go to competitions.

Learn the rules

So I decided to go to the riding school, and I asked them, are there special lessons to follow for parents? I don’t want to learn to ride, I just want to get familiar with a horse. They helped me to the knowledge I needed to know. About how to walk with a horse, talk to a horse, how to get him into the trailer. But also, how to brush the hair. Crab and take care of the horseshoe. How to saddle him and to get in the bit. Everything I needed to know they taught me. And after a year, I said, Let’s go for a ride!

Learn the skills

As with the horse riding, it fits almost anything. If you want to support your children, you’d better keep up with the interests they have.
When they are playing soccer, you will learn the rules. When they are biking, you learn to repair bicycles. When they have a snake as a pet you learn about habitat and food. When they put films on YouTube, you do want to learn and know WHAT! And when they are surfing the internet, you learn about how they can surf it safe and useful.

What would you say if I offer you a complete education for the price of one MCDonalds family meal a month?How to be Safe on the internetTwo birds with one stone. Keeping your kids safe and sound.
You can learn everything you need to know, how to be safe on the internet.

Why a website?

As I said before, the internet is just a big library of nowadays booklets (websites). You can find anything you want on the internet. There is always someone who’s selling, telling and showing their interest, their knowledge, their hobby. Why wouldn’t you put your booklet on the shelf of the huge internet bookcase? Everybody has something to share and there will always be people who want to read about it.
Also, your children do interesting things, perhaps they do horseback riding, or like to cook or sail. Or perhaps your son knows everything about trains, tractors or tanks. There are as many niches as there are people.

If you are interested to read more about this free online education resource click the add below. It will lead you to another page here on this website and will explain all ins and outs.

How to be Safe on the internet

And if you want to look inside the university community first, you can click on my picture, it will lead you to my profile on Wealthy Affiliate. I really hope to meet you on the other side, back in the school banks, where everything starts on the internet:)

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  1. Chris says:

    Hmmm really interesting and at the same time, worrying article. I recently got overly confused by the security measures I could actually install on my laptop. For instance – what is your view on free ant virus options like avast or avg – should I be aiming for something paid to keep myself and my laptop protected online?

    • Loes says:

      Hi Chris, I will tell you how I work, I have windows defender and nothing else. I place everything of any worth directly in the cloud. When I get a virus, I empty my computer and start over again. I believe that no program will keep stand when a hacker wants to get in. That´s my 2 cents

  2. Margaret says:

    Thanks for this post. The internet can be pretty scary when you are not sure what you are doing. Many people think everything on the internet is there to rip them off and that is a shame because it just isn’t true. I am eternally grateful that I found wealthy affiliate. I am learning the skills I need and with education you can overcome fear. Great post.

    • Loes says:

      Hi Margaret, have been searching and trying out a lot of things before I found WA, I know, I never leave again, I truly love the community, everybody is so lively, warm and helpful, see you back there, kind regards Loes

  3. Heather Grace says:

    The internet can be a big and intimidating place, especially when trying to start a new business. I love that you broke it down in the way you did. So often we are just afraid of the unknown. If we just had someone to show us and guide us, then it would be less daunting.

    Thank you for the great read!

  4. Kristy says:

    Great post Loes. I love learning new things and feel that you’re never too old to learn something new. The best way to learn, for me, is to actually do it. There is so much to learn about the Internet and about creating a website… I really had no idea until I got involved in it. I highly recommend it to others as well.

  5. Chelsea says:

    Thank you for putting a page like this out there. A lot of people do not understand the internet in this way. It is a very informative page and I like your use of media and ads on this page. I think you did a wonderful job. I hope to see more of your site. I was thinking of making a page for WA but I wasn’t sure where to start. I hope to use this page as inspiration for my site thank you and good luck.

    • Loes says:

      Hi Chelsea, there are quite a lot of strange people on the internet. Of course you are welcome to visit my website for inspiration, you are free to bookmark it, Loes

  6. Jim says:

    Thank you for this article. I’ve been more and more concerned about my kids learning to stay safe online lately.

    Seems that there are a lot of people out there preying on folks that don’t know how to stay safe, especially kids.

    I recently found my son doing a simple search for car washes and I was shocked at the content came up. He also was looking for street sweepers (the kind that clean your street) and a bunch of gun videos popped up.

    Sigh. I’ve since learned how to teach him how to filter for age appropriate stuff.

    Great article. Thanks.

    • Loes says:

      Hi Jim, you are right, you have to be careful. When your children are looking online for information. The beautiful lady names from Disneys fairytail will popup also quite a few unexpected stuff. Loes

  7. Chris says:

    Well I think it’s very much a learning curve – staying safe online! Even now I make the odd mistake and end up kicking myself for what I’d just done!
    The more time you spend online the more chances you will make some sort of mistake. Great article – I love the clothes line pic of you and your daughter 🙂

    • Loes says:

      You made me smile, Chris. The clothes line pic is made through students on an open day of a highschool. We where hunting for a new education for my daughter. They where very creative in the question “Are you already online?” Yes it is important to learn the skills 🙂 Offline and online!

      Loes

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