Technology helped break barriers of communication and information gathering. Keeping in touch with a family or relative from across the globe has never been easier. Thanks to the Internet, students can find the information they need for a tough assignment. Mobile technology has made commuting less stressful with entertainment apps to get commuters through a long trip or traffic. Given all these advantages, technology also hosts a number of risks, especially for children.
Viruses, identity theft, online scams, “Facebook Depression”, and online stalking are some of the reasons why parental supervision is important today. Greg Day, Intellect Cyber Security’s Vice Chair, believes that “Parents should also look to turn their children’s internet usage at home into a joint learning experience – where children teach parents about new online tools and trends and parents act as advisers.” Active participation in internet monitoring helps protect our children’s innocence.
Here are some effective ways to monitor your kid’s Internet usage:
Set screen time rules
Setting screen time rules help monitor your child’s online activities. Two hours of screen time per day is enough. If he or she needs to use the computer or mobile device for homework, make sure that you’re beside your child to supervise. Discourage them from using their smartphones or tablets during family meals or inside their bedrooms. Designate a “safe zone” within your home where they can use their devices.
Check your child’s browsing history
Your child’s browsing history will reveal their behavior online. Examine the websites he or she is visiting while online. What type of content is your child searching for? How often is he or she visiting these websites? As a parent, it’s important to spy on your kid’s internet usage for their online safety. It will help you uncover possible problems which may need your attention. This will also help you avoid unpleasant surprises and take appropriate actions immediately.
Review the wireless router’s website logs
Aside from the browsing history, you can also review the site logs from your home’s wireless router. The newer wireless router models keep logs of websites visited by its users. Once you’ve accessed your wireless router’s interface, you can see the network activity and take note of the potentially harmful websites. Set your router’s settings to block these websites and inform you via email if someone is attempting to access these sites. You may also contact your internet service provider (ISP) for information on how to configure your wireless router’s settings.
Custom configure your child’s device with the help of CyberAgents
You can’t monitor your kid’s online activities 24/7. How are they using their device while in school or at a friend’s house? It’s a common concern which can be addressed by custom configuring your child’s device through MomSecure’s CyberAgents. These specialists can help filter websites, inappropriate content, and block apps which are harmful to your child’s online experience. Our CyberAgents are here to help you monitor your child’s internet usage 24/7.
Internet usage and social media saturation are some of the challenges facing parents today. Monitoring your kid’s internet usage is the modern way of guiding them through the digital world. Don’t be afraid to discuss with them the dangers they’ll be facing while online. It’s our duty as parents to keep them safe in real life and online. For more information about internet safety, please visit the MomSecure blog page.