The Internet has exposed children to various risks such as cyberbullying and pornography.
This article discusses the different ways parents can protect their children’s innocence online.
Today’s children have ready access to information, 24/7. However, their unsupervised use of technology is dangerous as it could lead them to adult content. Harvard Medical School’s Associate Professor for Pediatrics, Dr. Michael Rich, reminds parents about the impact of online pornography on children. He believes that “Pornography turns something that is intimate, human communication and intimate connection with another human being into something which can be bought or sold.” Their online exposure to obscene materials could also lead to sexual abuse from online predators.
Spend more time “talking” to them
When it comes to having a “talk” with your children about sex, it’s better to do it often. It may feel awkward at first but it’s important because you, as their parent, should be their reliable source when it comes to sexuality. Teach them the spiritual, moral, and emotional aspects of sex and it’s biological facts. Having these discussions with your child helps them develop self-control and look up to you as his or her positive model. Most of all, these simple talks will help reinforce their values and better understand this important aspect of life.
Be proactive in monitoring your child’s online activities
A child’s exposure to pornography online is either unintentional or because of curiosity. Although 52 percent of parents are aware that ISPs (Internet Service Providers) ban adult content for children under 18, their online habits still put them at risk of exposure. Exposure to pornographic content is one of the biggest risks children face on the Internet. Since our children’s innocence needs protection against cyberbullying, identity theft and access to pornography, we need to actively monitor their online activities. MomSecure’s security agents can help you filter the sites your child visits and block inappropriate content. Their premium services ensure that all the content your child consumes is appropriate for his or her age. Hence, proactive monitoring and help from security experts help protect your child’s innocence.
Communicate to build better relationships with your children
Communication is the best way to reach out to your child. Take time to sit down with kids or teens to discuss their online lives. It could start with the websites they frequently visit or the gaming apps they’re playing on their mobile phone. This gives you an idea about their online behavior and how you can set limits without removing their right to go online.
Parenting today is challenging because of the various threats found online. These online threats are posed to damage our children’s innocence. The ways we presented can help you monitor your children’s online activities and encourage them to speak to you about their life online.
Protecting our children’s innocence against these types of online threats is essential today. Visit our blog to learn more tips on protecting our children’s online reputation.