Many of us consider health and fitness to be an integral part of our lifestyles, and for good reason. Many of us are starting to understand the thorough impact of mental health too, and how it defines our life. That said, do we also practice digital health? This last point can seem quite silly, but it certainly influences our mental health. Those getting into arguments on Twitter all day or being exposed to hateful conduct online, for instance, hardly feel stable after witnessing that.
The same could, and should, be said for our children. Teaching our children to stay safe online and practice worthwhile digital habits is an important part of it. So how can we get there, and what does it mean to establish ourselves in that direction? With this guide, we hope to inform you of the best considerations you can apply to make sure your child stays safe online, and what that means in the long run.
Let’s discuss this topic below:
Set Correct Parental Controls
Parental controls are there to be used, and this can help limit access to most of the unwanted content they may otherwise have access to. Remember that despite how it seems, parental controls cannot limit everything, but they can go a long way to helping you protect against the most common issues they may face. This can mean limiting particular websites, blocking chatrooms, ensuring that content is pre-approved before access, and also totally restricting certain types of content, like violence or that of a sexual nature.
If you hope to monitor their internet activity, which is heavily encouraged, you can try this tool to help out.
Use Child-Friendly Services
Child-friendly services are becoming more and more the norm, as large platforms realize that parents wish to help introduce their children to the internet is a limited, safe manner. For this reason, Netflix and YouTube both have children’s sections, where content is preapproved, properly age-rated and regularly checked for security. There have been some issues with services like YouTube kids over the years, so make sure you still do your best to monitor their activity and to be mindful of the content they’re consuming.
No Communication With Those Outside Their Friend Group
The internet can, fortunately, and unfortunately, give us access to communicate with anyone. Reading a standard Twitter thread or a YouTube comment section can help you realize this might not be a great thing. For that reason, it’s essential that you only allow your child to communicate with their friends online, either through email or through security settings on social media platforms.
This also prevents random people from trying to send them a friend request, and it certainly prevents harmful people, of which there are many online, access to your children. Social privacy is great to have online regardless of your online approach in any case, even if you’re no longer a child.
With this advice, we hope you can teach your child to stay safe online as appropriate.