Parents these days are raising a different breed of children. It is no surprise to see even a toddler work an iPad or a smartphone. Cell phones have become a necessity these days and parents often give one to their children to stay connected and know where they are.
However, with the advent of technology, parents are faced with a tremendous challenge of giving their children the digital liberty of using smartphones and doing so responsibly. While they understand that limiting their access to the internet can inhibit learning, they are also exposed to the risks associated with the freely available information.
This is the reason it is important to have sturdy parental control systems in place so that the parents can monitor and regulate the digital lives of their children. In this blog post, we will talk about the reasons why you need parental control on all devices in your home.
With uninhibited access to the internet came cybercrime. There many organizations out there waiting to exploit people’s vulnerabilities and weak cyber practices.
A child’s brain is always looking to learn new things that expose them to the risk of being entrapped by these exploiters and provoke them to engage in risky behaviors, such as disclosing information that can compromise their safety. However, with parental controls, you can prevent that from happening.
Allowing unlimited screen time to kids can make them addicted to the device, making them unaware of their surroundings. Once the child is addicted to it, it becomes very difficult for parents to break the habit.
Additionally, the kids who are glued to their screens can suffer from shoddy posture, lack of sleep, poor eyesight, inadequate physical activity, and poor concentration. But parents can change that by setting limits on screen-time and choosing the content their kids can engage with.
Children these days’ shares photos and posts on social media recklessly. However, very few know that prospective employers and colleges/institutions often check social media accounts to evaluate their potential candidates. A lot of these institutions will decide your child’s future based on what they find there. Did you know that anything your child ever posted online remains in the archives forever, even if it is deleted? This is the reason it is important to monitor your child’s social media activity by controlling the privacy settings of their account.
You can make your child learn how to navigate the digital landscape responsibly by controlling their online environment and behavior. Rather than imposing restrictions without an explanation, teach them the importance of navigating the web maturely. Also, educate them about cyberbullying and unethical hacking etc. Let them know the consequences of bad cyber behavior that can be penalized by strict laws.
With the right set of parental controls, you can teach your child how to use the true potential of the internet without getting sucked into the vortex of superfluous information. You can ensure that your child only sees what they should see and can process effectively as per their age.