4 Helpful Ways to Keep Your Child Safe Online

03/27/2014 at 10:00 AM ET

Microsoft Online Safety Tips for Kids Jacqueline BeauchereGetty

Being a good digital citizen is vital to keeping your family safer online.

So imagine what a scary place the Internet can be for a child.

The good news is there are many simple things you can do to protect your brood on the Web according to Jacqueline Beauchere, Microsoft’s chief online safety officer.

“People are making good use of technology tools to help keep them safer online — things like firewalls, anti-virus tools,” explains Beauchere.

“But they still need to incorporate some key safety habits into their daily digital routines.”

Don’t know where to start? Here are her helpful tips below:

Engage Educating your family is key — you wouldn’t give your kids the keys to the car until they had some driver’s education, so before you let them loose online, share your experiences about how to behave responsibly.

Using a mix of guidance and monitoring, get involved with your children in online activities. Ask questions and have an open dialogue about what is and isn’t acceptable behavior.

Educate Ask them to show you the websites they visit, pages they create, games they play and what they talk about and with whom. This opens the door to a conversation about what to keep private and using passwords, etc.

Enforce You want to establish clear guidelines for web game usage that fits your child’s maturity and your family’s values. This will ultimately help them make smarter choices online.

Evaluate And really pay attention to what your kids do and who they meet online. It’s really important to remember, as children get older, the landscape changes, as does their responsibility to manage their own profiles and online identity.

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