5 ways to monitor your children online
Kids and mobile devices can be a scary mix, whether your toddler is just starting to use your tablet to play games, or your teen has a new smart phone of their own.
Children are always curious and eager to learn and explore. While there is no doubt that the early use of digital technology advances their intelligence, it is not without its own unique risks. They will definitely come across inappropriate content, which may influence their behaviour. The consequences of this exposure are too risky to ignore.
How can I see what my child is doing on the computer?
1. Explore with them and stay involved
The best way to find out what your child is doing online is to ask them to tell you about what they do and which sites they like to browse for fun. Ask them to show you. If they are younger and don’t own mobile gadgets, make sure the computer is situated in the open areas like the living-room, kitchen etc. This way, they are never is isolation.
2. Draw clear boundaries
Be clear on what your child can and cannot do on the Internet. How much time they spend online, the sites they visit often and the type of information they share. There should be an agreement between parent and child. Talk to them about appropriate content to view online. Make them understand why bad content is harmful to them.
3. Be in the know
Use all the apps they use for education and entertainment. Be friends with them and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat, TikTok and other social media. You can monitor their activities on social media this way, They are more aware of their behaviour when they know they are being watched.
You are in the know about current culture, online challenges and cool trends so you know which one could potentially put your child at risk.
4. How to monitor my child’s online activity?
Use Parental-Control features on their devices, so you manually check how much of time they spend, from time to time. Other parental features will help to block, filter and monitor what they do. Other devices in the house must be password-protected so that younger children cannot access them without your permission. Also, teach your older children to guide their siblings. Encourage them to be responsible and help keep their younger ones safe.
5. How do I restrict Internet access to my child?
Not indulging them is often always in the right direction. Limit their exposure and take the Internet away at intervals when they can’t seem to get other things done, like school work or interacting with everybody else. Apart from toxic content, continuously staring at the gadget screens for longer hours may have some negative impact, if not significant, on their eyesight.
Parents have a huge role to play in continuing to make the Internet a safe space for children. In the crucial years of their development, it is very imperative to establish guidelines and control. This system will guide with them as they grow older. Because, the reality is, the Internet is here to stay.