As a parent or an elder, it is our responsibility that we should keep an eye on what kids are doing throughout their day. Since we know that nowadays it is impossible for us to keep our kids away from using smartphones, hence there are certain things we can do to make it worth it.
Nowadays, there are a number of alternatives available in the market which we can provide to our kids so that it becomes a fruitful activity for them. As we know that, it is essential to develop good habits at the initial stage of a child’s life, therefore, teaching the best way to use a smartphone is also very important.
Keeping this in mind, I have compiled a list of things you need to take care of before handing over your phone to kids. These days, to make a kid calm, we as parents indulge them in activities such as watching cartoons, playing rhymes or some funny videos rather than indulging them in some offline activities.
Basic tips for your child’s online safety
The basic protection for a child’s online safety is to undergo a regular scan of the devices they use or install McAfee Mobile Security on it. Be it an Android phone or an iPhone, all devices are prone to getting infected with external threats.
In case your kid is using an Apple phone, then you may use its “closed platform” feature to keep the essential information safe from getting revealed.
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Other than this, setting up parental control on your kid’s smartphone or the one he continuously uses is yet another effective way to keep their identity intact.
What should be your responsibility as a parent?
The first and foremost thing you should do as a parent is to keep an eye on what they are doing and how much time they are spending on which activity. If they are spending too much time on watching videos or playing games, then you should look out for what is attracting them in it. Make sure he is not involved in any suspicious activity.
Limiting the device’s screen time can be effective in this scenario and will let him decide the time when his child can use the phone and when he cannot.
Likewise, if you find out that your kid is too much involved in using certain apps and websites, then you should see if there is any inappropriate content in it. If this is the case, then it is better to block or apply filters on them.
Do not depend too much on technology
Even if you have deployed mobile security software or applied parental control features to it, that doesn’t mean you do not have to do anything else to keep it safe for your kid.
If you sense that there is something fishy in your child’s daily activities, try paying extra attention to them. Make sure you are always in talking terms with your child and be friendly towards him. This will inculcate a good habit of sharing secrets with you in them. Ensuring that the rules made by you are being followed properly is also a responsibility of a conscientious parent.
In the end, I would suggest that you should discuss the ‘dark web’, cybercrime, or cyberbullying with your kid and their negative impacts.