It is not unusual these days to hear folks saying that in case you need to get your hands on operating any technical gadget, ask a kid, and they are not kidding! Tablets, Smartphones or Computers having Internet access on them – all are a must-part of the children’s lives nowadays and kids seemingly jump into the digital world more like the ducks head over to water.
Such grant to tech devices and of course the Internet right from such a young age means that parents now need to have a grasp not just what their kids enjoy on the TV, but alongside that the content kids can possibly be exposed to and encounter over the World Wide Web.
There is no doubt that the Internet offers many beneficial stuff for children but at the same time, it can leave them somewhat unprotected against cyber threats or even bad actors online. Below, we’re going to suggest you eight things that you should try to make sure your kinds don’t do online.
Talking to strangers
WhatsApp, Social network … now there’re many platforms via which strangers online can get in touch with your children. Kids’ naivety often means they are not much aware of actually where the danger can possibly be lurking (especially online). The anonymity Internet offers obviously is much more dangerous compared to the real life. So, needless to say, try and make sure you kid isn’t talking to strangers online.
Having profile on Social Networks
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tuenti, Ask.Fm … These days, multiple platforms are out there in which kids would like (love would be better word here) to appear, but is this recommended? Well, it all depends on the age and platform where someone can (or cannot) get an account at a certain age. You should dig about it deeper by having a friendly talk with your chick about this all, and more importantly, try controlling the privacy of information they put once they’ve logged in. For this, you can take an example of adjusting Facebook privacy of your children.
Share personal information
A whole lot of things we do online involve sharing, and we end up sharing confidential information, in one way or another. Obviously, adults are more likely to be much more aware that what sort of data they can (or cannot) reveal when compared to the children. Parents must talk to their children very frankly and thoroughly to make them understand every inch of information regarding possible dangers of providing specific information online.
Downloading the inappropriate apps
Apple store and Google Play, both offer hundreds of apps for each specific category and many among them are coded to make everyday life of the users easy. Yet, isn’t it crucial that we know exactly what (and how much) info a particular app gets out of us and what it gives. As a matter of fact, nothing is 100% vulnerable-proof in this age of Internet. Google and Apple apps stores aren’t the exceptions, too! Tell your kids to seek your permission prior to downloading any unknown app (ideally, every new one) and figure out about it by yourself first.
There you go! These are the top 4 recommendations we can make you to try and not let your youngsters do online, go take care of them and train them with proper info – information is the key! And of course, please drop in any tip you think could have make to the list via comment box below – it will help the whole online community.