Forming an internet policy for your family can be a great way of setting boundaries for younger internet and social media users within the household. It can be worked on together and can allow for different levels of access for the different ages of internet users within the home.
Once you’ve agreed your family’s internet policy, write it up and keep it where you can all see it, for example, next to the home computer or in a communal area like the kitchen or hallway. You could call it your “Home Internet Policy”, “Family Computer Rules,” or something similar.
There are many things to consider when creating a family internet policy and it should be a ‘work in motion’ rather than individual rules set in stone. Finding a healthy balance between work and play is key to a successful family internet policy that is respected by everybody. See the points below for some of the areas that you might want to consider when forming your policy:
If you would prefer your family’s internet safety policy to just be a verbal agreement, that’s fine too. The fact that you have made your children aware of the dangers and what you are doing to help protect them is the most important step. Each family’s online needs, abilities and routines are different, so decide what approach is going to work best for you and your family.