Ultimate Parent's Guide to Internet Safety

Parenting and the World Wide Web

Cyber security awareness is a key to prevent from data loss through email communication channel. 
The ubiquity of technology has brought along both opportunities and challenges. During this age of rapid technological advancement, it is the most vulnerable members of society – our children – that frequently find themselves in harm’s way. Questions such as how much screen time is healthy for kids or what are the dangers that parents should be aware of are at the core of the relentlessly debated topic of kids and technology.

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Children and Technology

Since even the parents themselves are almost perpetually glued to their own devices, it is surely challenging for them to set and maintain limits on screen time for their children. Given the negative physical and psychological consequences of excessive screen time – sleep disruption, obesity, depression, and social isolation, to name just a few, parents should be sufficiently motivated to make the necessary lifestyle changes for the entire family. 
In practical terms, children under 2 years of age should be given no screen time at all. Children between 2 and 5 years old should not spend more than one hour a day in front of a screen. Finally, for children over 5 years old and teens, the maximum screen time per day should not exceed 2 hours. 

Kids and the Internet

Naturally, the older the kids get, the more difficult it becomes to limit screen time. At this stage, especially as children head into adolescence, it becomes imperative that parents learn to monitor their kids’ activity online. 
Kaspersky Lab came up with an analysis of children’s activities on the internet. About 70% of the time, kids keep themselves busy with browsing social media, playing games, chatting, shopping, and emailing. However, the rest of the time they engage in harmful or inadequate activities for their age, for example they browse pornographic material, or they gamble. They may even engage in illegal pursuits, such as downloading and using illegal software, or buying drugs. 

Teens and Social Media

Almost a third of the time spent by teens on the internet is dedicated to social media sites. The risks associated with this activity are often less understood by parents, and hence they are particularly insidious. This issue is rendered more challenging as teens will frequently be secretive as far as their online interactions are concerned. 
It is on social media sites where controversial “viral” games crop up and pressure teens into carrying out risky behaviors. This is the place where teens spend their time sexting or exchanging explicit photos of themselves and others. And of course, this is the environment where the newer threat of cyberbullying emerged and unfortunately even thrives.  

What is Cyberbullying

One of the most potentially damaging online threats that parents need to be aware of is cyberbullying. Due to its public dimension and to the difficulty of removing content from the internet, cyberbullying frequently causes intense and long-lasting negative consequences on the victim. 
It is estimated that about 65% of children fall victim to cyberbullying. A child who is cyberbullied frequently feels isolated and powerless. Therefore, it is up to the parents to identify the signs of cyberbullying and act as early as possible. Early clues include anxiety, insomnia, declining grades at school, low self-esteem, and social isolation. A parent who observes such behaviors should encourage honest communication with the child, get help from a specialist, and of course report the incident to authorities and the child’s school. 

Get the Help You Need

With so many threats lurking about the internet, what should parents do in order to protect their kids while online? Thankfully, there are many sources of information regarding online threats and also there are several apps available for parents to help monitor kids’ activities on the internet. For example, the Minormonitor app is designed to protect children from the dangers encountered on social media sites, while K9 Web Protection tracks all internet activity on a device. If used appropriately, apps and online sources of information can help parents protect kids online while maintaining their own peace of mind.  
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