The kids of this digital age seem to be more dedicated to the online world as compared to the offline world. A number of researches have been conducted to analyze the online behaviour of younger children which reveal their obsession for online and social media platforms. The teens and tweens are found to spend almost nine hours a day on social media sites.
While these socializing platforms enable them to stay connected with their fellows with the exchange of text messages, photos, videos and voice recordings, they also hold several risks. The uncontrolled and needless use of online platforms is found to put several physicals, psychological and mental health issues. From bullying, child predation and scamming, the teenagers are vulnerable to several online threats.
Parents are responsible to safeguard their children from the dangers of the online world. They must educate their kids about responsible and secure use of social media and other online platforms. This article discusses how parents can make the internet secure for their children and protect their online security and privacy.
Use Privacy Settings of Social Media Sites
The privacy of your kids may be at risk if they do not bother the privacy settings offered by social media platforms. The developers of online platforms have also developed some sort of privacy and security settings to make the online world less vulnerable and more secure for kids. Parents must be aware of the privacy settings of the social media apps used by their kids.
For example, social media platforms like Facebook let you hide your posts from unwanted persons. You can also restrict others from sending you messages or friend requests. You can know about the privacy settings of the online platforms by putting your query on the internet browser. Once you know about it, make sure your kids use these settings for all the online platforms.
What to Reveal and What Not
The teenagers do not bother about their privacy and that is because they post everything about them on online platforms. From name and contact number to the residence, school name and personal photos and videos, they do not feel hesitate to post such information on the internet. There are harassers, scammers and child molesters who misuse this information to exploit the target.
Your contact number might be misused by predators or harassers to send you luring and threatening messages. Your photos might be misused by impersonators and cat-fishers to create fake social media accounts. Educate your kids about what they can post on the internet and what they should not.
Make Use of Parental Controls
Parental controls enable parents to supervise and manage the online activities of their children. Google has default parental controls enabling parents to restrict their kids’ access to objectionable and age-inappropriate content. There are parental control and OgyMogy monitoring apps that enable parents to track social media use of their children. Once you install the app on the computer or mobile phone device of your kid, you can remotely monitor almost every online and offline activity performed on these devices.
Make Rules for Use of Online Platforms
Rules can play a pivotal role in protecting your kids’ online privacy. Make a list of digital rules for your kids and other family members to help them enjoy the internet in a secure way. For example, you can make rules regarding the use of social media apps. Do not allow kids to use age-inappropriate social media, dating and gaming apps. Do not allow kids to go online late at night or after a set time of the day. You can also take help from the internet to compile a list of effective rules for internet usage.
Password Protection is Important
If you have set a strong password for your social media and other online accounts, your accounts are less likely to be hacked or misused by unauthorized persons. Help your kids about how they can choose a strong password for their online accounts and how these passwords can be protected. Let them know that they should not share their passwords with anyone even with their trusted fellows because they may lose these credentials.
Hope these guidelines would be helpful in protecting your kids’ online privacy and making their internet experience secure.