In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, everyone is required to stay home and practice social distancing. This means families will spend more time than they usually would behind the computer, phone, TV, and tablet screens. 

The internet is a wondrous place with educational and entertaining content for kids. There is, however, a dark side to the internet that you don’t want your child exposed to. You want to ensure that your bundle of joy doesn’t access topics and content that are inappropriate for their age. Circa, 2017 when YouTube’s Kids platform had a glitch that resulted in children being shown explicit violence, disguised as cartoon characters. YouTube is the biggest video sharing platform in the world and they still couldn’t prevent something like that from happening. At that juncture, it became clear that your child’s internet safety is 100% on you and diligence is required.

Help your kids say safe online

Here are a few tips to ensure that your bundle of joy is safe on the internet. 

  • Set parental controls on YouTube

YouTube has endless kiddies’ content, from toddler nursery rhymes to dance tutorials for your pre-teen. Set up parental control for YouTube on every device that your child has access to. It’s very easy to click somewhere and stumble onto inappropriate content. Click this comprehensive guide to parental control on YouTube that covers Android devices, iOS and your browser. 

  • Install parental control apps 

These tools ensure that your child is safe while using the internet. They allow you to restrict certain websites that are inappropriate or whitelist the sites that they are allowed to visit. They are suitable for mobile, Windows as well as macOS and have various features. In the same way that you would install malware protection and removal software to protect your business website, install a parental control app to protect your little one. Browse this list of the best parental control apps to find the one that suits your needs. 

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  • Set up parental control on web browsers

Browsers have settings that can be configured to suit your child’s age and internet use. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer all have settings that you can use to ensure your child’s safety:

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Be better at monitoring

Other ways to monitor your child’s internet use, especially during the Coronavirus epidemic include:

  1. Offlining content from apps like Netflix and Youtube that have that feature and switching the WiFi on their devices off. This is especially helpful for keeping your toddlers occupied with their favourite content while you get things done.
  2. Set up your biometrics for app-store purchases on their devices. This will help you not find unapproved app store purchases on your card. 
  3. Check their browser history regularly to see what they are searching for on the internet.
  4. Monitor their social media usage closely. 

Lastly, it’s your responsibility as a parent or guardian to talk to your child about the dangers of giving out private information on social media. You need to tell them that there are bad people on the internet and even if they think someone is their friend, they should not share their location, what school they attend or any other private details.

Covid-19 has forced everyone into practice social distancing and it’s natural for humans to want to connect and right now the safest way to do so is via social media. Take the necessary precautions, keep a close eye on them and keep the communication lines open.