Monitor your child’s online activities

Monitor your child’s online activities

By Jane Kingsu-Cheng

Our children are digital nomads. It is a challenge to keep them away from their gadgets. Majority of parents are guilty of letting them use these digital devices in exchange for a few minutes of quiet time at home. It is the quickest and easiest solution, but there are after effects. In the past few years, it has been recommended by experts that children should not have more than two hours of screen time.

At the recent Philippine launch of the Visible Internet app, they revealed that doing so will most likely lead to overall physical and mental deterioration, depression, poor social skills, academic underachievement and aggression. These concerns are growing fast, and shared by many parents.

“The most important relationships, between parent and child, need help from the impact of the internet. Parents are struggling to harness the powerful influence the internet and technology is having over children. It is causing irreversible harm to their well-being. Everyday we are reading about the unprecedented rise of mental health related issues in children. By connecting parents to their children, Visible Internet plugs a hole so obvious that the pediatricians association in the US is calling the internet the parenting problem of the century,” reveals Tony Fawaz, CEO and Founder.

Mothers Who Brunch's Michelle Aventajado and Sabrina Go with all the mommy guests at the intimate launch.

Mothers Who Brunch’s Michelle Aventajado and Sabrina Go with all the mommy guests at the intimate launch.

“Visible Internet is a tool designed around parent-child relationships in the digital age,” explains Fawaz. “Technology and the internet isolate children from their parents. So when children need their parents the most, they are left to deal with serious distractions, temptations and complex internet issues by themselves.”

This app will give access to the child’s location and digital activities on demand and on regular intervals, without physically hovering over them. All activities will be saved as historical data for future analysis and better understanding of the child.

Installing the app and receiving reports are not enough. Here are some more tips from Fawaz on how parents can improve their relationships with their children:

1. Be visible and involved in their lives.

Don’t sit on the sidelines and expect technology to look after children better than you do! Be vigilant and be aware. Drill down into the core of what is going on in the minds of your children. By understanding what websites, apps or games your children are viewing, parents will have a better understanding of how their children are truly thinking. Parents can frame the conversation, making their time together far more beneficial.

2. Build trust.

Children understand that their parents are part of their internet lives. By making the Internet a transparent family experience, parents develop trust in their children. And by knowing a parent is there, children make more responsible choices. Bridging smartphones, tablets and computers used by children to their parents can strengthen the family bond essential to their future success.

3. Let your children know they are not alone.

Be present and available. Participate, join in, and let them feel your presence. Direct their inquisitive minds to use the internet to learn and grow. Ask questions and be part of their conversations. And most of all, challenge children to be do better and be better.

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