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October 09, 2019

How can parents ensure their child's safety in the Digital World?

There was a time when parents only had to teach their children about not interacting with strangers on the street and pickpockets. Now in the digital age parenting is evolving and these generations of children face a new threat called Digital World. 

All children of generation Z have access to a smartphone and have their ids on platforms like Facebook, Twitter (News - Alert), and Instagram. They shop online, watch television by streaming and do gaming online.

But these teenage minds are highly impressionable and the volatile internet world can do these minds unimaginable damage.

What can parents do to keep their children safe in the Digital World?

Various threats loom on the internet and they work so secretively that parents don't realize what is happening until it is too late. One of the best examples of this happening is the incident with ‘The Blue Whale’ application.

The developer of this gave the view to the users that this is just a harmless truth and dare app for children. Until in the final stages, it developed into something much more and more than a hundred children committed suicide.

So when your children are on the internet you can never be sure if they are safe. Here are a few things parents can do to ensure their child is protected.

Online Safety

Parents have to teach their children about the possible dangers they can encounter in the internet world and how they can tackle them. For example, online fraudulent who lures the reader by putting on attractive headlines like ‘Click this and you will be given XYZ amount of money' and children do click them after which there is a strong chance your smartphone/computer can get hacked. Hence parents have to alert the child so they don't fall prey to these tricks.

Parental Control Apps

However, there are times when there is a disconnect between parents and children. No matter how hard a parent tries the child refuses to understand and hides things. In these times the parents can install parental control apps. These apps help the parent in keeping track of how their child uses the internet, their location at all times and any bullying they might be facing. Applications like FamiSafe are easily available on the internet and anybody can operate them.  They keep a log of all the things the child does and notifies the parent of anything suspicious on the child's phone.

Connect with your child

Being a parent is hard and we often forget the line between being strict and harsh. Hence you must have a comfortable relationship with your child in which they respect your authority and come to you when they have problems.

Once you have that compatibility with your child they wouldn’t be hesitant to inform you if someone is bullying them into things that they want to do.

Keep a strict rule on screen time.

Screens can be highly addictive weather you watch shows, play games or you use social media apps. Screens keep us so occupied that we forget other things when using them. As adults, we can control them but children have lesser control hence you need to have a screen time rule when you give your child a smartphone. This will ensure that they use the screen in a balanced manner. Also, excessive usage of screen time can be harmful to children's mental and physical health. Also, parental control applications like FamiSafe can be a great tool to help you enforce screen time limitations.

Parenting in no way is an easy job, it keeps you occupied 24 hours and even then you’re scared for your child’s wellbeing.  Cutting off the child from digital access is no solution rather following these tips will help you ensure their safety and keep your mind at ease.

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