Monitoring internet activities of your child has become your major parental worry, isn’t it?
It is because of the two sides of internet.
The positive side is the knowledge your child gathers through internet. Your child learns many new things through it.
But there is another dangerous side to it. Porn sites, cyber predators, addiction to social media are all major concerns of modern parents like you.
Computers rule the world. Like all parents you too want your child to be a computer savvy.
- ‘My 3 year old child knows to download video games.
- ‘My child browses the net and tells me many new things which I do not know’
- ‘My child knows more about computer than me’
Some of your proud proclamations about your child’s computer knowledge.
But what about monitoring internet activities of your child?
You don’t do it.
You assume that your child is browsing the net to improve his\her knowledge.
But your child could be browsing unwanted sites. He\she could be exposing personal details to an unknown cyber predator.
Monitoring internet activities of your child is your topmost duty as a good parent. Especially when your child is underage.
Do you know too much internet activities affects your child in many ways?
- He\she finds more comfort in internet than interacting with you.
- He \she becomes addicted to video games which always displays violence.
- Your child might fall prey to cyber predators- the most dangerous aspect of internet.
Monitoring internet activities of your child could save him\her from many future problems.
Are you all at seas not knowing how to handle the situation?
Do not completely deny your child access to internet. A ‘no’ to internet usage means denying your child the most advanced technology which can make him\her knowledgeable and well informed.
Monitoring internet activities of your child – A must for all parents.
Allow your child to access the internet only before your presence. If you have any doubts about the sites your child has visited, have a look into the site history.
All internet browsers have a record of the sites that has been visited. Check your child’s browsing history. Make sure he\she does not visit unwanted sites. Install software for monitoring the internet activities of your child. Install child lock making unwanted sites inaccessible to him\her.
Though there are many technical ways in monitoring internet activities of your child, you cannot prevent him\her from visiting unwanted sites from his\her friend’s home or browsing centers.
Monitoring internet activities of your child can be done unobtrusively. You can do it without causing mental tension to him\her.
If your child is underage make sure he\she does not have a Facebook account.
When your child is grown up and has a Facebook account make sure of his\her friends. Ask your child not to befriend any strangers when a friend request is sent.
Keep a check on the photos your child is sharing with his friends. Make sure the photos do not identify any specific locality.
Do not keep the computer in your child’s bedroom as it gives him\her unwanted freedom to browse unwanted sites.
It is not interference into the privacy of your child if you monitor his\her surfing. You are just being careful about his\her safety.
Advice your child that his\her inapt content\pictures could cause irrevocable damage to his\her future life if it is noticed by his\her school\college\management. Tell your child that once his\her content or picture goes online it stays there.
Your child should never participate in online quizzes and contests. These contests usually asks many personal questions. So ask your child to move away from that site.
Have restrictions in the usage of mobile phones also. Tell them to use it during particular hours.
But be very cautious to make your child understand that you are not spying on him\her. Have a friendly talk with your child that you are doing it for his\her own benefit. Tell your child you are very anxious to save him\her from cyber-crimes and cyber predators.
Has your child visited inappropriate sites not suitable for his\her age?
Do you abruptly order your child never to use the computer?
Do not yell at your child as it makes him\her angry and resentful having been caught red handed. You must gently guide him\her about the true values of life. When there is any news about cyber-crimes, you must inform them about it. Do not threaten him\her as it makes your child tell lies.
Do you feel monitoring internet activities of your child is not necessary?
Do you also feel you get your much needed rest when your child never disturbs you by being active in the internet?
You are being a bad parent.
Are you also glued to your smart phones and laptops without interacting with your child?
You are setting a very bad example to your child.
Do you buy your child smart phones with internet connections when he\she is too young for it?
Yet another parental blunder.
Do you feel not having an internet connection at home will safe guard your child?
You are wrong. Your child visits cyber cafes along with his\her friends. He\she is now among children of the same age group. They are away from your prying eyes. Your child visits sites you had advised him\her not to log into.
- Spend quality time with your child.
- Do not make your interaction with him\her boring by preaching.
- Do not talk at your child, asking him\her to do this and that.
- Talk with him\her like a friend
- Do not keep advising your child.
- Play with him\her.
- Be your child’s best friend.
- Be a great listener to your child’s eager interaction.
When you are a friendly parent your child adores being with you. Only a lonely child finds a friend in computer. An uncared child likes the companionship of computer. But a loved child always likes to spend time with his\her parents.
The internet activities of your child are always useful and knowledgeable. As a dutiful parent make your child understand the true wealth of the internet. And as a caring parent advice your child about the lurking danger in it.