Opinion – Threats on the net …watch your child

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Opinion –  Threats on the net  …watch your child

Monika Kaitungwa

We all know the internet is the hub when it comes to information and communication. 

Not leaving out any soul, it can easily allow each and everyone to do whatever, whenever and wherever. 

If you, a parent or guardian of a child aged around 7 to 15 years old, hand a device to your child and provide access to the internet, then do not be surprised by the stress it brings you later.

Granting devices along with internet access is no different from throwing your child into a pit of freedom, exposure and ultimately uncontrollable “things”. 

In other words, you will be hopeful of a fruitful outcome, but instead what you will get is a massive, ‘rotten tomato slap’ in your face.

Once you give the green card, say hello to pornography, sexting, Tik Tok addiction, dating fixation, cyberbullying – and well, kiss stuff like studying goodbye. 

Those are just some of your worries; they do not end there. 

Sometimes, they will manoeuvre right under your nose. 

You will not sense it. 

That is simply because they have mastered the skill of becoming extremely alert. 

But do not despair. 

As a parent or guardian, you can play a pretty big role in ensuring your child stays on the right path when it comes to internet use. 

There is plenty, but we will touch on one – making some efforts in monitoring the use of the internet by your child.

Firstly, encourage open communication by fostering open communication with your children. 

It will make it easier for them to come to you if a problem arises on social media. 

Monitoring your child’s social media accounts involves keeping an eye – not only on what they post but also on who contacts them and what they say.

Being sympathetic and understanding when they approach you with a concern may encourage them to discuss their issues with social media as well.

Another way is by watching your child’s social media history. 

On a device, you may access their internet surfing history, including tabs they opened to upload and download content.

Additionally, you may view their most recent searches and messages because all accounts keep track of these for reasons like providing us with more relevant adverts.

Lastly, limit the use of the internet. 

Today’s youth spend numerous hours online each day. 

Put a time limit on activities not linked to schoolwork.

You are the boss, so you can decide when to permit the internet, for example, at a specific time of day or after all homework has been completed.

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