How To Monitor Children’s Online ActivitiesNovember 18, 2018
These days, it has become increasingly important for parents to monitor their kids’ online activity; mostly due to the large number of explicit content files that litter the internet.
The internet is not a safe place for children to go prowling around in. It is home to some of the most explicit varieties of adult content imaginable. And hence not suitable for popular consumption. For kids, in particular, exposure to such content can have lifelong psychological repercussions. Of the sort that every parent hopes to guard against. Being a young child guardian myself, I’ve had to learn how to keep kids safe online. By enrolling in a series of classes designed for teaching this very concept.
Invest in a Quality Internet Service
For starters, one of the best things that you can do is to invest in a reputable internet plan. These provisions often time come equipped with powerful parental control features. Which, once they’re set, allow parents to keep a check on certain websites. And even completely prevent entire website theme categories from loading.
Additionally, quality internet services come with the advantage of inbuilt software security suites. These provide 24/7 antivirus protection when you’re online. This firewall shield also filters a large number of dangerous website content. And so prevents it from appearing on your device screens.
If you have an existing antivirus solution, you should conduct a complete system virus check at least once a month. And if you notice a lot of worms or Trojan applications detected time & again on your PC, then take note. Because these malicious programs tend to latch on to your home devices through pornographic sites. Platforms which are also a haven for hackers of all stripes. Who prefer to prey on children, due to their lack of much internet experience!
Buy a Child Protection/Supervision Software
To maintain complete control over your child’s online sessions, it is often a good idea to buy a separate protection software. This can then be set to work on the entire home network – of connected computers and mobile devices.
Once the software has been set up, you can easily find detailed insights into your child’s internet sessions. You can check, for instance:
- Complete details of the sites visited
- The exact kinds of content (text/multimedia) files accessed
- The time spent on individual sites
- Details on any chat interactions
- Downloads & Bookmarks saved
Armed with this information, you can easily decide if your child deserves freer internet access or not. As well as make a list of all the sites that warrant a complete blockage on your home network.
In the battle against online child exploitation, the ability to pick & choose between web content is a great asset. An option that modern child protection software provides to beleaguered parents.
Check Browser History Frequently
Your child’s browser history should become a go-to information resource for you. Because in some cases, you are bound to unearth some questionable material on it. Which then fully explain your child’s internet orient. On the kinds of websites that he (or she) likes to frequent.
Even in those cases where your child takes care to wipe off his browser history, this approach can work. Because there are always lapses in judgment. Instances of carelessness that give the matter away. But to come across this information, you need to be vigilant. And accepting of the results of your investigation.
This involves approaching your children’s transgressions with an open and accommodating mind. And not remaining rooted in denial.
Of the kind that blinds – and which is unproductive.
Contact Your Internet Company
One of the best ways of remaining abreast of your child’s online activity is to get in touch with your internet provider. If you’re the plan account holder, then you shouldn’t have a problem with retrieving surfing information. And for the period that you’re interested in investigating.
Depending on your ISP, you can even request quarterly hard copies of your entire home’s browsing history. Many parents, especially those who are technologically challenged, prefer this route. Because then they can know at a glance whether their child has indulged in any suspicious activity or not.
Have a Good Heart-to-Heart
Sometimes, you have to go with your gut feeling as a parent. Is your child spending too much of his time cooped up in his bedroom? Are there dark circles around his eyes (meaning that he has been staring at the screen a lot)? And most serious of all – are his grades falling (with teachers reporting severe behavioral problems)? If you suspect any of these issues, then it may be a good time to bring the matter up with your child.
This conversation, in many ways, can be quite cathartic. For both you and your child. It can help to ‘break the ice’ that may have accumulated. And it can aid in facilitating any future verbal exchanges on the matter. In a way that the problem gets resolved, and your child doesn’t resort to shady stints on the deep web again.
Currently, I have a Frontier FiOS internet subscription which powers up my home network. And other than the amazing speeds, the plan offers powerful antivirus protection. This normally takes care of all my online child protection-related woes. Without my having to worry about investing in further security measures.