EDUCATE YOURSELF

As parents, we have the responsibility to familiarize ourselves with the potential dangers and pitfalls of the digital world before we expose our children.

HEREWITH SOME HELPFUL RESOURCES

  1. Internet device addiction statistics
  2. Social Media addiction statistics
  3. Internet pornography statistics
  4. 2018 Digital Threat Report
  5. Harmful Effects of pornography on the brain
  6. Harmful Effects of pornography on the heart
  7. Harmful Effects of pornography on society

 

COMMUNICATE CLEAR GUIDELINES AND CONSEQUENCES

Don’t wait for digital addiction to kick in and for problems to arise.  Communicate the guidelines upfront and the consequences if the device is not used responsibly.

PROPOSED TOOL:

PARENT & CHILD DIGITAL DEVICE CONTRACT

What we love about this contract that it clearly outlines the terms of use but it also provides a section where you make a commitment to you child as the parent.  It is so important to set the example and foster an open relationship from the start.

PUT THE NECESSARY DEVICE PROTECTION IN PLACE

Filtering software with a robust reporting functionality will give you an overview of your child’s online behavior.  It is like a peek into their thought world and you can see what they are interested in, what questions they have etc. which gives you a fantastic opportunity to use the information as a discussion and opportunity to develop strong decision making skills.

Regardless of whether or not kids visit questionable or objectionable websites, proactive parents can make a habit of talking to their children about what they see and do online. When parents monitor where their children go online, Internet use is no longer a secret habit but something discussed openly at home.

So what functionality should you be looking for in a filtering software?

  • Smart Web Filters
  • Multi-device functionality
  • Advanced Facebook Monitoring
  • Games & Apps Blocking
  • Time Controls by Device
  • Location Tracking
  • Panic Button Alerts
  • Calls & SMS monitoring
  • Call Blocking
  • Extended Reporting
  • Priority Support

The iMe movement team searched high and low for the best product and we can highly recommend Qustodio (Voted best parental control app in 2018).

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