Now that a considerable amount of time has passed ever since the Coronavirus came into all our lives, it’s evident to everyone that a lot has changed, and that we do need to adapt to certain differences in our lifestyles. This is particularly true for your child and how they go about their day. Electronic devices are not a new thing for our kids, and neither is the internet. The amount of time they have to spare and to be online, however, has increased drastically because so many schools are opting for an online educational system, in different hybrid models. Regardless of how your child’s school is doing it, there’s no question about the fact that we have to accept that internet use is just a way of life now. What you need to do though, is ensure that you monitor your child’s internet usage, and this is why.
Exposure to Inappropriate Material
There are so many different platforms when it comes to social media, and the majority don’t really have any effective screening procedures or filters according to the age of their users. You literally enter at your own risk. This is something that you really need to keep an eye on with your child. You may have the most angelic child with the best intentions, but this won’t stop their curiosity from leading them to look at things that are foreign to them- especially if it simply pops up as they scroll through their social media accounts. There are surveillance apps that specialize in monitoring the activity that goes on in your child’s phone, and you actually have the power to control what platforms and websites they have access to.
Risk of Being Hacked
Kids generally don’t know the first thing about the importance of internet security, and so they can simply click on any insecure site or ad that pops up, and that automatically puts your devices at risk of being infiltrated by a hacker. You need to have proper Internet Security to ensure that no malware is able to break through any device that your child uses. If this happens, the hacker can get access to sensitive information and violate your child’s privacy as well as your own.
Online Predators & Cyberbullying
Probably the most terrifying thing about the internet is how freely people abuse it for crime and bullying. The last thing you want is someone stalking your child or tricking them into believing that they are someone good only to find out that it is a predator trying to lure your child into something or the other that is even unmentionable. The same goes for cyberbullying- if you don’t keep a close eye, your child might be victim to ruthless bullying which could completely destroy their self-esteem and put their mental health in serious danger.
As you can see, you have a handful of things to think about when it comes to controlling the use of the internet in a way where it can stay safe and healthy for your child. So don’t think that this is something to be taken lightly, and know that there are plenty of options when it comes to securing your child’s well-being, even as they venture into the online world. Teach them well and let them know about its risks and dangers.