How To Protect Your Kids From The Dark Side Of The Internet...

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Every day, we use social media more and more. Internet and technology are so integrated into our lives that they effect our kids. In a way, they offer new ways to socialize, but in a whole another way, the Internet is a very dangerous place when used irresponsibly. Here, we share some tips to help you protect your kids from the dark side of the Internet.

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Today, the average age for a person to start using computers is around 1-2 years, and especially with all the mobile phones, apps, social media platforms, kids can't really keep themselves from being exposed to Internet. With all these in mind, it's important to find ways to help protect your child better.

Keep them away from explicit content!

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The average age to sign up on social platforms has drastically fallen down to 13. However, most kids actually fake their age and sign up to all these websites much younger. Kids mostly use social networks to chat and play games with friends and you know, share all those abrupt selfies. 

But the problem is, there are very evil, sneaky people out there that target young kids. These people also fake their age and play the same games as your kid to reach out and start talking. Another important thing is the often uncensored and easily reachable adult content. Do we have to say more about how accessible all the horrible content is?

Restriction is not an option!

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First of all, it's not really 100% possible to block access to these website in this age. How much of restriction can you apply, really? Your kid will just use someone else's phone to do all of these instead. Or you know, write an app of his own! 

At this point, you should think of ways to improve the situation instead of just keeping your kid away from all these. You can educate yourself and your kid on how to productively use the Internet, and show them the negative sides of it. We should all act more proactive from now on. Carefully inspect their friends, social encounters and be as open as you can. If you keep sharing, they'll keep sharing more with you.

Be a more reasonable, more aware social media user!

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So what is some more last minute advice for you and your family?

  • Don't share your kid's report card on social media: Those cards actually share some crucial personal information. We know you mean well, but some others don't. Always make sure you're keeping your kids as anonymous as possible. 

  • Limitations: Make sure your kid is spending time with their friends OUTSIDE, not inside in front of a tablet. Arrange social events and activities for them and limit the amount of time they spend in front of the computer. 

  • Become best friends with your child: Make sure your kid is well informed on different types of people they can run into. Make sure you are "friends" with them on each and every social media platform and do mild stalking from time to time. But DO NOT become that annoying parent on social media!

  • Follow their friend requests: You should check their friend lists every now and then to make sure they're not adding random strangers in the name of getting more coins in a game. 

  • Be careful about what they're sharing: They might be sharing odd photos on their timeline or in their private conversations. Beware! Kids are innocent and they can be easily tricked because of this. 

  • Raising a kid is a very hard task! We wish you all the best and hope your kid will turn out just the way you want 'em to be!

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