When the World Wide Web was invented in 1990, it was clear that we had commenced a technological revolution that had the potential to impact every facet of our lives. Almost three decades later, so much of our days are digital. We buy almost anything online including groceries online, we attend classes online, and some even date online. However, for all of this utility, there has been one very harmful consequence—the effect of the internet on our kids. Between catfishing, cyberbullying, and the dark web, children now have easy access to inappropriate and mature content and are becoming increasingly addicted to the online world. Cyber safety is important for everyone to know, but when it comes to internet safety for kids, it’s crucial to learn these basic tips to protect our children from harm.
Watch Videos the Cyber Safety Way
If you’re concerned about which videos your kids have access to, download the YouTube Kids app. It allows your children’s online experiences to be monitored, limited, and screened. Since kids are spending more time watching videos, this app allows you to control their searches, set limits on your children’s screen time, block channels, and track their history, all with an easy to use interface. Remember, no app is perfect, so you should supervise young children while they’re watching videos on the internet.
Set Their Social Media on “Private”
While most social media websites require users to be at least 13 years old to create an account, parents need to understand the dangers lurking there as most teens spend a lot of time searching and posting on them daily. Most apps, such as Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook have some form of privacy settings to allow you to control the content your child receives and sees. From the privacy settings, you can often block certain accounts, control who sends messages to your kids, and even manage their feed. It’s important to look at these settings to keep your kids safe while on the internet.
Track Your Child’s Online Habits
If your child has an iPhone, there is monitoring software out there for you. This is a great tool to keep your kids safe on the internet. With this iPhone tracking software, mSpy, you can keep tabs on every part of your children’s online life. From being able to browse through their messaging apps and texts, see their GPS location, and even having the ability to look through their emails, mSpy covers all of the bases when it comes to protecting your little one’s online identity.
Cyber safety is difficult for all of us, but it is especially important when it comes to protecting your children. With these three internet safety tips for kids, your child can be protected from dangerous online predators.
Author Bio: Camille Dufont is a guest blogger for Budsies and the original mom of Dongler. You can usually find her curled up with a book in the backyard or dancing the night away, but she always starts her morning scrolling through the latest generation of creations!