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.

At What Age Should You Upgrade From Crib to Bed

For any new parent, buying a new crib can be one of the most exciting parts of any pregnancy journey, it makes the idea of having a new baby feel like a real experiment and so it’s not unheard of for new parents to splash a bit of cash when picking the perfect new crib for the baby. Once your baby arrives, watching them fall asleep every night in their beautiful crib is a nice consultation for having to deal with the hardships of parenting, but it can be difficult to decide when the best time to move your child from a crib to a bed is. There are a number of factors that can influence when the best time to move to a bed is, so here are some handy tips on what time would be the right one for you to make the transition.

 

Age

 

The general age that many parents agree to be the best time to move your baby into a bed is around 2 years old. At this stage, your child should have developed some good cognitive responses and thus will be able to safely react to any incidents such as falling off the bed.

 

Other factors

 

Size

Not every baby develops at the same rate and so your child may not meet the requirements. The reason that size is such an important factor to consider when thinking about moving your baby into a new bed as when they get larger, cots can become more dangerous for babies. This is because cots are more elevated than a bed and so if your child was to manage to climb over the rails, which adventurous children are likely to do, they may fall and injure themselves seriously.  If your child is still small and is showing no interest in climbing out of the cot, then it would be worth getting the most out of the cot that you already have instead of buying a new bed.

 

Your Cot

Surprisingly, a lot of people don’t notice that many cribs are actually adjustable. The bed element can be lowered which will make it safer for you to keep your child in it. The bigger your baby gets, the lower down the bed element of the crib should be. This will prevent them from pulling themselves over the rails and potentially harming themselves. Once again, this will save you a bit of money as it means that you can prolong the time that your baby is in the crib. If you are someone who has not yet got a crib and is still in the research part of your pregnancy, it may be worth investing in an adjustable crib from the very start as many parents miss the opportunity to do so.

 

Child’s Behaviour

While also considering the size of your child you should also take their behavior into consideration, if they’re a child that is quite hyperactive and prone to making a mess, a bed may not be a good solution. Beds give your child more freedom to get up to mischief in the night and so a cot can help prevent this.

 

What bed should I get my child

 

If you have decided that it is time to move your child into a bed it is important that you get the right one. First of all, don’t get them a bed that is too big. There are specifically made toddler beds that can prevent any falling. Due to the delicacy of your baby, you should make sure that they have as much comfort as possible, considering investing in a bamboo mattress as these can be really great for supporting your child’s spine and will also mean that they will be able to fall asleep quickly due to comfort.