There are too many dangers lurking online so parents should take an active role in the management of the Internet activities of their children.
The activities performed in the cyber world leaves footprints in the real world. This is the reason that it is becoming increasingly common for employers and even college administrators to scrutinize the online profile of an applicant – or “fingerprint” – before hiring or accepting the application. So both the parents and children are needed to be aware of the potential consequences of shared or published content on the Internet.
1. Ask your kid to avoid stalkers and snoopers
Teach your kids the rule of thumb, especially to children who use social networking and gaming platforms. This is about choosing the account name that is genderless and anonymous. It is also crucial to avoid flirting online – especially with strangers. The same applies to discussions and responding to trolls (annoying).
Children should be especially careful to reveal their age, sex and especially their whereabouts to anyone they do not know. Sexual predators often pose as children themselves to approach potential victims. Ask them to keep a profile low and neutral to avoid problems.
If someone is harassing them online, make sure they do not fight. It is much better to just block them or report them.
2. Befriended with kids online
Parents should insist on being part of the online world for their children. Being “friends” on their social networks and keep a close eye on where and how they spend their time on the Internet is crucial. Parents should not only be on guard so that their children do not become victims of bullying, should ensure that their children are not involved in bullying them themselves.
3. Take digital assistance
Teenagers often seem unaware of what kind of taunts and insults can cause damage, and pass along rumors or share bullying can be devastating to the other children if your child is the instigator. For that, it is important for them to know what networks their kids join and what apps do they use. The bottom line is the participation and active monitoring of online activities of children. One of the tools for parents are digital parental control apps such as Familytime that lets parents:
- View teens’ web browsing history with the details of URLs and the date and time stamps of visiting the page. Through this, they can see the content of the web pages they visit.
- Check their bookmarks and favorites saved in the browser.
- Monitor how long they visited the sites and what content is available on these pages.
- See the complete list of apps installed on their devices.
- Analyze their app usage frequency to see their app preferences
- Block unwanted apps, or the apps you find inappropriate for their age, such as the ones related to gambling and betting.
- Put screen locks during bed time and school hours so they don’t consume inappropriate information when they are away.
- Lock their device remotely from anywhere at any time to restrict the device usage.
And the list of FamilyTime features goes on. To try these features and a number of others, give this app a try for free. Download the app from the app store on your phone.