Do everything possible to create an environment where your children feel comfortable talking and sharing about all aspects of their lives without any criticism.
In the era of internet and technology, your children are also attracted to mobiles and gadgets. In this, they see many types of content but it is important to understand and try not to see any inappropriate content. Inappropriate content that your children may find online is what they find disturbing or not ready for them right now. It can be a photo, video or something written which is objectionable and disturbing. Now it can happen by mistake or even intentionally. Many of us immediately think of explicit sexual content when we think of inappropriate content, but there’s more. It can also include content that promotes extremism or terrorism, violent imagery, hateful or objectionable sites or posts, as well as false or misleading information. In such a situation, some ways to protect children from inappropriate online content should be understood.
Set the basic rules yourself
If your children are young enough, please include a list of websites, download apps that are equipped with the information they deserve. Encourage them to watch content that is entertaining and informative for them. Also set rules about the use of the device. According to antivirus platform McAfee, do not keep any devices in the sleeping room overnight.
Communicate regularly and freely
Do everything possible to create an atmosphere in the home where your children feel comfortable talking and sharing about all aspects of their lives without any criticism. Once you have that, you’ll be able to have regular conversations that will help them understand the online world better and, most importantly, keep them safe. The goal here is to have a real two-way conversation, without them feeling like they are being enlightened. You can also talk to them about the dangers of spreading rumors online or sharing hurtful photos or jokes. If your children know they can talk to you about anything and you won’t be offended, they’ll more likely tell you if they’ve seen something online that worried them.
Use of Parental Controls
Parental controls can prove to be a really helpful tool that allows you to monitor and manage what your child sees and does online. Parenttail Controls tools can prevent your child from accessing specific websites or apps. Such as using a camera or buying goods etc. Similarly, can filter out inappropriate content such as sexual content, content that promotes self-harm, violence, gambling, or racism. Plus Parentel Controls can monitor your child’s time online and provide reports on the sites they visit, the apps they use and the frequency and time they have spent. They can set deadlines and block your child’s access after the set amount of time.
Use of Child Friendcy Search Engine
Always try to make your children use a child friendsee search engine. Such as Kiddle, Kidzsearch, KidRex etc. But, if you just want to stay connected to Google and turn on the Safe Search filter, you can do exactly that. Just remember, you need to activate it on every device your kids can use, including their phone!
Be open and be a role model
Our parents are the biggest influence on us and are our biggest role models. And this also applies to how we engage with technology. Make sure your children see you enjoying the technology-free time, so they can ‘normalise’ it. When you go for a dog walk, leave your phone at home, never keep the phone at the dinner table, and when you are talking to your children, try to keep your phone on but do not disturb. Less time spent on technology means more time for actual personal human contact.