With rising statistics of internet generated troubles, cybercrime, obesity and eye damage, screen addiction and on top of that ghost apps to hide suspicious activities, parents of kids and teens are advised to set up parental controls. This is no different than keeping an eye on them when they first start swimming, knowing about all their friends to make sure they are meeting the right people and telling them to be cautious on the streets. You have to keep an eye on their online activity as well, so they can have a secure digital life.
What do parental controls do?
There are inbuilt parental controls in laptops and smartphones and there are parental control apps like FamilyTime through which parents can monitor their children’s devices and restrict inappropriate actions. They give parents a sense of control without having to intrude in their kids’ lives, which is not appreciated by the kids at all.
What do you need to monitor?
You need to keep a watch on the cellular as well as the online behavior of your kids. Text bullying, cyber harassment, sexting, adult websites, getting in contact with strangers can all be identified by monitoring:
- Text messages
- Internet history
You can get a heads up before time and solve the issue. The whole purpose of monitoring the kids’ digital behavior is to make sure they don’t get involved in insecure activities and even if they do, parents can resolve them timely.
What do you need to restrict?
There are certain actions that need to be restricted by parents. It is just like enforcing bedtimes and other house rules.
These apps include games, social media apps, self-help, and self-learning, etc. But there are also hiding apps that allow kids to hide photos and other activity in a camouflaged folder. Some games and social media apps can be very addictive and contain adult content. With parental control apps, you can see what kind of apps they are using and ban them from use.
All the time spent on devices constitutes as screen time. Excessive screen time is bad for children’s physical and mental wellbeing. That is why you need to curb their hours within healthy limits. The digital screen locks restrict their device access for a designated time and their screen time is cut short.
Where do you need to follow them?
Kids, especially teens, when on their own, have a tendency to go to parties, far off places and late night adventures. All these places may not be safe for them and they can end up in trouble. You can see where they go by accessing their location history. You can also get Geofence notifications to make sure they are safe and sound. These include auto check-ins/checkouts, panic alerts, and pick-me-up alerts.
Parental control apps are a digital way to counter some digital difficulties. You can do everything from your laptop or on the go, all the while keeping your kids’ integrity intact. eSafety is as much important as safety in any other aspect of life. So go smart and keep your kids digitally safe.