Cyber safety is becoming a hot topic amongst parents, not least due to the number of stories highlighting what young kids have gotten up to through social media.
There seems to be disturbing trend currently towards cyber bullying in addition to teenagers posting inappropriate photos of themselves on the internet. Do you monitor what your kids are getting up to on the internet, or do you have cyber safety measures already set up on your home devices to safeguard such issues?
I did with my last son,(didn't have computers with my other two).
It was also a time of how much he got to use on the computer, that I was very careful.
I put the computer, right where I could see everything....he was doing.
He never said a word, or I would have stopped all his time on there.
You have to be very strong with children, when it comes to computers.
After all, they really do depend on us to look after them.
My kids are too young to use a computer by themselves yet (they're still figuring out that it's not a great idea to randomly hammer on the keyboard) but once they're older I'll definitely keep an eye on what they are doing online.
Yes I do monitor my son and I also have very open discussions with him when issues do come up. I believe children learn best by experience and so rather than "protecting" him by not allowing him on social media, I teach him how to deal with different situations when they arise.
Son is too young to be using the computer just yet, but when he is able, I will definitely monitor his usage. My husband and I intend on placing the computer in a common area and installing a program such as 'Covenant Eyes' to avoid intrusive pop ups from presenting themselves. We too believe it is imperative to have open discussions about the dangers of using the internet and how to use it effectively. It would also be a good idea to model the behaviours we expect of him.
My kids use the internet. They already know what they are allowed to do and what they are not allowed to do. I spot check them all the time, and they haven't been in trouble so far, but they are too young. Main issues arise when children become pre-teens all through the teens. I hope, like Ivana, to have an open and frank relationship with my children to be able to discuss issues rather than put restrictions because that will not help them. Internet is everywhere. If I stop them from something at home, they can do at a friend's house or outside somewhere, so it's best to have a candid discussion and let them know why certain things are off limits. I think children are very intelligent and if you treat them as smart children, they will try not to displease the parents.