Education

Kids on the Internet: Should you Monitor what your Child Looks at?

The childhood experience is not the same today as it used to be due to the introduction of technology into our everyday lives. Children are getting smartphones at younger ages and are being exposed to everything on the internet through the click of a button. With more and more children accessing the internet, there have been a million horror stories about them encountering dangerous sites or even dangerous people. Due to these concerns, parents are becoming far more reluctant to allow their children to have access to all of these sites, so are deciding to not allow their children to access technology at all. Though this may be a feasible option for children of a younger age, it is unreasonable to completely ban your children from being able to use technology for a number of reasons. First of all, it would make it difficult for yourself to be able to keep in touch with your child, plus if you decided to keep your child away from technology, they may feel left out or even be bullied.

 

Due to all of these factors, a lot of parents are considering monitoring their children’s online activity. However, this raises a lot of ethical concerns in terms of your child’s privacy, so it can be difficult to decide whether or not monitoring your child is the best idea.  You may be one of those parents that are finding it difficult to decide whether or not to monitor your child, so we have put together some points for and against the issue, to make it easier for you to decide.

 

Safety

Unfortunately because of the people that have access to the internet, there are plenty of places online that aren’t safe at all for your children. One of these spaces that has many safety risks is social media. Now, there are age limits on certain social media sites and so your child should not have social media accounts at all if they don’t meet the necessary age. However, there are plenty of social media platforms that don’t have age limits and these platforms are the ones that are favored hunting grounds for online predators. You can do a number of things to make sure that your child’s social media pages are safe, as it is unlikely that you will be able to ask them to not join social media without causing a rift of sorts. First of all, you can make sure they have their social media privatized, this means that people won’t be able to look through their page without their permission. You can also monitor who they have as friends on social media, simply by looking at their friend list. This means that you can check that they are not adding people that they don’t know, as children should not be speaking to strangers.

 

Internet Provider

If you don’t want to be too invasive with the monitoring of your child’s online activity, you can always put in place security to make sure they can’t access sites that could be dangerous. If you contact your internet provider, then you can put a child lock on your internet which means that your child won’t be able to access certain sites. If they are unable to access the sites to start with, then you won’t have to worry about monitoring them on those sites. If you do believe your child has got a way to get around your safety measures, then you could get the app that allows you to monitor whether or not your child is accessing key sites that you have banned.

 

History

One thing that we do recommend is that you don’t look through your child’s internet browsing history. Growing up can be a confusing process and so more often than not, your child is going to be looking up some strange inquiries. Though it is completely natural for you to be curious about what your child is searching, it can be incredibly invasive for you to investigate deeply into what they are doing on the internet. If you have the appropriate measures in place that can block bad sites, then you won’t need to look into your child’s history.

Fantastic Ways to Teach your Kids About Money

As sad as it may be, it’s true that nothing is really free. Considering everything seems more expensive than it’s ever been, there’s never been a better time to prepare your kids for the financial world. It doesn’t need to be overly complicated and it can even be made fun for your kids, but there are plenty of benefits in teaching your kids the value of money, even from a younger age. They’ll learn valuable skills like counting but they’ll also be able to appreciate you better when they understand that money can lead to limitations and everything isn’t handed to you just because you want it. It’s an important lesson and one you can get started on today. To help you along, here are some fantastic ways to teach your kids about money.

 

Allowances

Most kids are given an allowance on a weekly or monthly basis depending on their age. The amount tends to depend parent to parent, but it’s important to keep an eye on how much you’re giving your child and how much they have left just before their next due payment. It will help you get a gauge on how they manage their money, but if they’re kids, it probably won’t be done very well. But, that’s where you come in.

Savings

To really show your kids the benefits of managing their money, it may be worth teaching them about saving. To help you out, there are plenty of resources online to help you teach your kids about managing their finances. With things like the Revolut Junior account designed specifically to help get your kids started in being in charge of their own savings. You should also teach them the importance of having some ‘rainy day’ savings that they shouldn’t touch unless there’s an emergency. There are plenty of advantages to saving and by telling your child if they save they can have that game they’ve been wanting, it’ll shift a gear in their brain and make everything a whole lot easier.

Chores

The first suggestion has been a staple of parenting since its invention. Chores are an integral part of most people’s childhoods. It teaches our kids valuable skills they’ll need later in life and gives us a hand around the house. If your child struggles with their chores, it may be worth trying to present them to your child as more of a job, by including a small financial incentive, it will make your child’s work seem more valued and it also means they aren’t just getting money for doing nothing, which can lead to some more negative attitudes.

Open a Mini Shop

With their hard-earned cash, you might take it one step further and open a small shop with the snacks in the house, pricing each item and letting your child have a particular budget for each day. Doing this means you’ll be able to teach your kids the value of money and how to budget their purchases. You’ll also be able to earn your pennies back along the way (considering how expensive it is to run a shop, it’ll be well earned).