How vulnerable your child’s online activity can be?
People are adjusting towards the new lifestyle of social distancing. This new way of life is an approach to flatten and eventually stop the spread of COVID19. There are alteration in daily activities to adapt to the social distancing lifestyle. One of the most significant adaptation is the usage of electronic devices. During this period of time, the main method to maintain social connection is through the web.
Children and teenagers are spending more time on electronic devices. They need to attend live virtual lessons, submit electronic homework, and socialising with friends. Thus, parents see the needs to loosen the boundaries on the usage of electronic devices. With loosen boundaries, kid's online activities are more vulnerable during lockdown period. Thus, this article list down the potential risks your kids may be facing on the web. Signs and symptoms on internet vulnerability are provided. Lastly, suggested interventions are listed to protect your child's online activities.
There is a lot of “inappropriate content” in the internet. Children can stumble on “inappropriate content” while searching facts for their homework. Exposure to inappropriate content without guidance and filter can lead to profound consequences.
Cyberbullying is prevalent in today’s world. Although children are making connection via social media, there's a risk for cyberbullying. Constant hostility facing by children can impact social emotions negatively.
Social Media/Gaming “Friends”
There are predators using social media to find children. They pretend to be your child's age, befriending and trying to gain your child's trust. Furthermore, they also try to groom your child to act according to their will.
Online scams can come in various forms, such as emails and suspicious websites. Children are vulnerable to online scam as well. They may not have the skills to identify a scam in the internet. Scam may put you and your family in a financial difficulty.
Signs and Symptoms on Internet Vulnerability
- being emotionally upset during or after using the Internet or the phone
- being very secretive or protective of one's digital life
- withdrawal from family members and activities
- wanting to stop using the computer or cellphone
- being nervous or jumpy when getting an instant message, text, or email
- avoiding discussions about computer or cellphone activities
Ways to Protect Your Child's Online Activities
- Invest in parental control software
- Use a child-friendly browser that blocks websites unsuitable for kiddies.
- Check recent search/browser histories
- Placing your computer in a common area.
- Educate your kids about online safety.
In conclusion, you control how much your kids use the internet. Setting boundaries is still important! Have open communication with your kids about online activities