How to Keep your Kids and Teens Safe Online: 4 Mobile Apps Parents Should Watch Out For
These days, it’s next to impossible to keep kids off the internet. Fact is, you can’t keep an eye on them all day either. Whether you like it or not, teens and kids will always find a way to get online.
It can be worrying for parents, there’s a lot to be alarmed about and it’s not just exposure to inappropriate texts and videos, but also the dangers of online predators.
Yet, the internet is ubiquitous, we need it for many everyday things from learning, shopping and communicating. We can only hope when young people are online they have it in themselves to make good decisions about what they choose to see, visit and interact on the internet.
Besides, isn’t that what good parenting is all about? Guiding one’s offspring to make better choices instead of limiting their play time or their innate curiosity.
Truth is, you can’t rely on age restrictions to keep your child off an app or social media site. There are many kids out there with active Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Here’s the thing, as a parent, do everything you can to protect your kids online. Parental involvement decreases online risks for children.
Here are some tips you can do to create a safe space for your kids online:
New Websites, New Challenges
There are some social media sites and new apps you should be aware of as a parent. That said, you know an app is cool when most kids are on it and most of the adults aren’t. For sure, you won’t find any kids hanging out in LinkedIn, but you’ll find a whole lot of them on SnapChat or TikTok.
Here’s 4 Apps that parents need to know about:
Internet Safety for Kids
The best way is to protect your child is not through totally banning the use of technology at home. There’s no escaping technology in this day and age. Though you can’t blame parents who have gone this route.
Communication and trust is still key in keeping them kids out of trouble and still have them enjoy the wonders of the internet.
Always be open. Always encourage your kids to feel open to come to you if they encounter anything questionable, inappropriate or uncomfortable online. Kids are curious and they want answers- that will never change. And as a parent, you are there to give protection and offer context to anything they have seen or encountered. But be ready for the questions, what they see online often leads to a lot of complicated talk. Sometimes on topics that are way too early to be discussed for their age. But the positive thing about this is that they rely to you for the answers. It’s also good to know that you’re child is proactive and responsible about their online safety.