Until just 10 years ago, it was not common for children to have cell phones. Smartphones weren’t even widespread, so parents at the time didn’t have to think about potential problems that could bring if their children are using such devices.
But today the situation has changed significantly. Every child has a smart device as soon as it is big enough to be able to hold it. Children play games on them, watch different content, chat and do practically everything the same as adults. Although it is very good on the one hand, because it develops their brains and prepares them for future life, it also brings a lot of dangers.
The danger is especially great if the parent does not have an insight into what the child is doing while using a smart device. However, this is an ethical problem, is it okay to spy on your children and thus violate their privacy. All this provokes many debates and there is no single simple answer whether you should spy on them or not. So read our article about is viewing contacts on your child’s phone necessary as well as other things related to that topic which is giving headaches to parents around the globe.
Is viewing contacts on your child’s phone necessary?
Parents are usually unsure whether they should spy on all or just certain parts, so it first occurs to them to have an insight into the contacts recorded in the child's phone. This can certainly be useful, but only as part of a broader spying to gain insight into what the kid is doing. It is important to know who he is talking to, but keep in mind that today the conversation is primarily done using social networks like Facebook. And as you probably know, in order to communicate with someone on Facebook or Instagram, you don't have to have his or her contact. It is certainly useful and it could be said necessary to have insight into contacts because of the apps like Viber and generally because of the phone calls, but don’t have a false sense of security because of it. We tell you that, because again video and audio calls can be made through the Facebook. Contacts are just one part you have to spy on, but you have to do the rest too. And what else you need to monitor, read bellow.
Control apps and content
Although most parents first think about the dangers of communicating over the Internet, which is certainly a big problem, equal attention should be paid to the control of apps and content that is available to the child. With all the fantastic content that can be found on the Internet, there is also much that a kid should never come across. There are many malicious programs that can steal data or damage device and so it is up to you to limit the apps that can be accessed. Also, the Internet is full of content like pornography and violence, which is definitely something you don't want your kid to see. So limit the apps so he can use only the most popular ones where security is at a high level. And then it would be good to have an insight into their activities on social networks, because there danger is also hidden.
It has never been easier to know where your child is, than today with the help of apps and GPS. Know at all times that your child is safe and that he is where he told you he would be, not that he is lying to you. Once you have a trusting relationship with your child, then deviating from the agreed route will be a red alert and you will be able to react in time. That is why it is necessary to have this option, especially for children under the age of 12, because they are most susceptible to various dangers. There is an option to check where the child is and you can include the option for the app to send you a report every half hour or hour.
Reasons why it is justified to monitor their activity
There are various reasons why it is important to keep track of your child’s smartphone. Some of the most common dangers are:
-Cyberbullying - As our life has largely moved to a cyber environment, so bullying has taken on a new form, called cyberbulling. Children are bullied in the same way as live, except that physical violence is not usually involved, but only emotional. But it causes equal stress and negative consequences for the psyche. When you monitor activities, you can’t miss it, and that is important because kids don’t usually say things like that right away.
-Sexting - Something that older children usually do when they are in their teens. Then the sexual urge is stronger and that is why it is not uncommon for them to send each other their nudes and the like. But this can lead to abuse in the form of unauthorized publication of these photos on the Internet, which can be very dangerous. There are also many predators on the Internet and that is why it is necessary to be careful.
-Information protection - Children are often very naive and then people with bad intentions can extract various information from them, both about them and about your house, money and much more.
-Limit screen time - Dependence on smart devices has become a big problem. But when you follow your children's activities, you will have an insight into their screen time and you will be able to limit it as needed.
As much as all these options bring peace to the parents and as much as they are justified, as you could read in the article, they often cause great dissatisfaction among children. Also, many experts state that this is too much invasion of privacy and that it can have counterproductive consequences for your relationship with the child. That is why it is important for the child to know that you are using such apps, and not to hide it from him, so that he discovers in the end. That would be disastrous for his trust in you.
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