Lifestyle - Gadgets | 6-18 yrs

Parental Control To Safeguard Kids

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Science and technology have made life much easier for all of us. One of the major discoveries of technology, the Internet, is today an inseparable part of our lives. The arrival of Internet opened the doors to a lot of new things like social media, online shopping, etc. But accessing the Internet in the absence of proper controls and precautions also exposes the ignorant user to many online dangers.

Children, who today form the major chunk of Internet users, are most vulnerable to dangers lurking online due to their ignorance and innocence. Most children are active members of social media platforms, which are also frequented by exploitative criminal characters. Therefore, it is the duty of parents to make certain that their children remain safe online. To ensure online safety of children, parents should know more about the Internet than their children do. According to an article on childdevelopmentinfo.com, ‘A child should never know more than a parent does about the internet. At the very least, you should know about the same. If you are looking to block adult websites or websites that have offensive language, it will not do you any good if your teenager knows ways to get around the parental controls that you set. That is why it is important that you know how to use a computer and the internet or learn if you don’t know’.

However, most parents never implement Internet safety measures. They do not monitor their child’s online activity. According to a survey, four out of five parents using the parental control software do not turn it on. This allows the children unlimited access to the Internet, thus exposing them to numerous dangers.

One of the best ways of ensuring online safety is to talk to your child and make Internet usage a joint learning experience.

For further information and advice on precautionary measures and parental supervision, flip through the ClipBook.

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