National Center on Sexual Exploitation, March 17, 2020
COVID-19. SARS-CoV-2. Call it what you want, but the novel coronavirus is all anyone is talking about anymore. The COVID-19 health pandemic has closed schools, cancelled most activities, and isolated most everyone at home all at once. In the midst of the social distancing, self-isolation, quarantines, and lockdowns, we’re all feeling some cabin fever and parents, in particular, may be feeling overwhelmed by the prospect of eight weeks of time with their children home from school unexpectedly.
Now more than ever, kids and teens will be spending extra time online via phones, tablets, laptops, and video games. It’s imperative in this time of increased online activity that parents are prepared to ensure their children are safe from the predatory dangers of the Internet.
To help prepare parents, we’ve compiled a list of five things parents can do to help keep their children safe online during this extended period of isolation. For those with specific questions and/or needs, we also have a more extensive resource center for parents here.
- Talk to your kids about their Internet usage.
- Hold a family meeting on why exactly you are concerned.
- Set up parental controls and follow up.
- Limit time spent online.
- Tell Congress to take action on the EARN IT Act.