We recently saw an ad at the cinema that made us question how safe are our children online. Are they really protected? The truth is we still haven’t got to those dangerous teen years with our little ones but it is better to create good habits from an early stage we think.
Here’s the ad we’re talking about…
So “The Internet is like a magician hat” right? with all sorts of things in it. How can we protect our children from the harmful bits then? We think that when they’re little there are many ways to modify your children devices to make them Internet safe. One of the apps we’ve mentioned in the past is YouTube Kids where you can choose the type of content they have access to, according to age or even block the search option so just a grown-up can do it. It gives you some peace of mind because you never know what strange videos they can come across.
You’ve got also other options depending on your broadband provider or the type of device you’ve got. We for example have put some restrictions on the iPad because that’s mostly used by the children, and when I say children I mean mainly J, who is 5 years old, our 8 months old baby boy just chews the case..no danger in that! at least not online wise..haha
But you know what we noticed on this ad as well, when they say “parents don’t know what their children do” Oh well, let me tell you, if the boy is upstairs in his room by himself finding out what’s on that “hat” while you are on the living room doing something else no surprise you don’t know what “they’re doing” Sam and I think that it’s better to be safe than sorry and therefore need to create a safe comfortable environment where for example there’s no laptop or tv in the room, but it is always in a common area of the house so the not so child anymore can browse things online and we can be around, so if for any reason, something strange comes up we are there. It is also true that teens get curious about many things but the chances they will want to search for anything weird will probably decrease if we are around, don’t you think?
With this I am not saying we will be the shadow of our children and they won’t make their own choices. Agency is free for everyone and they can have access to anything in many other places that not our house, but even if we cannot control what others do we can make sure that our home is a safe place, a refuge for them from the nasty things of this world. I think that’s what every parent wants for their children. That’s at least what we want, provide safety, protection and love in the house, online, offline and anywhere where we can possibly put our little bit.
What do you do to make them feel Internet safe? Any other suggestions or comments?