The cyber world is so vast that it can influence its users. Cyber world can be accessed via smartphones, tablets, personal computers, etc. using the internet. Here in Singapore alone. Many children are provided with such electronic devices because parents think that it is for the greater good. While it is undeniable that these gadgets made things easier, no one should discount the risks it involves.
What are the risks these devices pose? Smartphones or tablets are now used by minors for sexting. Sexting is the act of sending inappropriate contents (like texts and images). Some even use their devices to bully other people. Bullying can have a mental effect on your kid as it is a form of sending threatening messages. The worse thing that could happen is uploading it to YouTube thereby crushing the kid’s self-esteem. It does not end there because it can also be the root cause of improper time management. Plus it can compromise the kid’s safety as it can automatically share your current location on social media apps.
Knowing about the risk, how should you curb it as parents? Ever heard about cyber safety? You can fight it if you are being vigilant and that includes filtering, locking, controlling or monitoring the electronic devices of your kids. How can you do this? Well, the first thing that you can do is to prevent the use of the device’s camera because it is the source of everything. If your kid is being bullied, help him/her to block the texts or calls from specific persons.
If you are serious about this, why not set a limit when it comes to internet access? This can help a lot because it is like preventing things to happen before it actually started. The most important thing is to instil to your kids that file sharing is a no-no especially if it is with sensitive contents. File sharing over Bluetooth is the beginning of everything. Might as well tell them to screen the apps they download as it can also be a source.
Remember that at the end of the day, your kids need guidance. Always explain why you are restricting their access so they will understand. But if the kid is really curious, they will find something to access it outside. This is the reason why you should also teach them how to behave appropriately so they will not become a victim of anything. Discussing the risk and their protection is not easy but if you have to do it, do it anyway.