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Published on: 14 Nov 2016 by alcook

6 Myth and Truth about kids’ internet safety

There is so much excitement about
online opportunities for kids as well as threats nowadays. The Internet is full
of alarm news about kids’ online safety and they are keep popping up day
by day. Yes, there are perpetrators, pedophiles, and cyber bullies, still they
do not appear on every page on the internet.

Online kids’ safety should be adequately provided, thus the need to be
acquainted with the myth and the truth about it.

1st
Myth: Posting pictures of the kid online is dangerous

Truth: Posting any info
online could cause some danger. However, with precautions taken it is safe. For
instance, if parents activate the privacy settings and limit the audience, they
will reduce the danger massively. The privacy settings have to be set in such a
way that only close friend can view profile updates and news, it will limit the
audience.

Parents should not rush their kids into social media, especially when
kids are under 12 and try to avoid posting a lot of family photos as well.

2nd
Myth: Parental control applications are the best way to safeguard the kids.

Truth: In some cases, parental control applications could be
deceptive.On the one hand, parental control apps like mSpy could provide a wide
range of features that safeguard kids and help to prevent online, and even
offline possible dangers. Parents could use all of them or some of them
depending on the purpose. On the other hand, innovative kids develop creative
ways to defeat parental control apps and this could hinder the raising up of
digitally responsible children.

Therefore, parents should not only focus on using parental control
applications. The best way is to teach kids about online responsibility and
safety tips as well as use parental control apps.

3rd
Myth: Social media expropriate kids

Truth: Kids love to
socialize and they believe in the power of relationships strengthening via
social media. 68% of teen social media users support each other during  challenging times, 57 % of teenagers make new
friends online, 84% teens who play online games feel more connected to the
teens whom they play with.

Also, in a social network, teens help each other to manage different
problematic issues, which they embarrassed to talk about with their own
parents.

4th
Myth: Teens become cyber bullies and baddies with social media

Truth: The teenagers who
engage in this kind of behavior are either aggressive in person or having some
crisis in school, at home or socially. It must be the reason that could have
provoked such actions. Parents and teachers should make their best to provide a
nice atmosphere for teens’ well-being and only after claim a social media as a
catalyst for cyber bullying.

5th
Myth: Teen watch & share inappropriate content

Truth: One in seven children
watch, create and share sexual suggestive content according to statistics. But
it is really difficult to monitor what the kid is viewing as they can access
unsuitable content through any internet enabled device.

6th Myth: Instructing
kids not to talk to strangers is the best way to ensure their safety online
 

Truth: Teaching
kids how to recognize predatory behavior will help them to ward off bad
experience.  Nowadays, kids are able to
interact online as young as 8. Thus, they should be able to recognize the
difference between inappropriate and appropriate conversation. Teens need to
know when to say BYE and end an online dialog. Parents should teach their kids
about the danger in interacting with strangers and how to avoid thrills online.
For reinsurance, it is always better to
use parental monitoring application.

 

 

 

 

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