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.
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.
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.
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.