As a parent you might find you want to monitor what your child might be surfing through on the internet. But your tween might be fighting back with, “You are spying on me!” Here are some ways to monitor internet use without invading your tweens privacy.
It can be a tricky balance of worrying about them and letting them have the freedom to explore and not feel like we are hovering. There are many options you can do so your child can stay safe on the internet without invading their privacy.
Make sure to check the privacy settings on your social media accounts and computer. Make sure it is set to the maximum security level. This can help limit and protect your computer as well. Most social media accounts require you go be 13 or older before you join. Each social media account has their own privacy settings you can adjust.
Every computer should have antivirus software downloaded. The internet is full of spam and this will help protect you and your child. Having software can help block unwanted sites, keep your child from making it to bad sites and entering their personal information and getting it stolen, to seeing unwanted pop ups that aren’t for kids eyes. There are different brands you can buy, I suggest researching them to find what’s a good fit.
Just like house rules you can set internet rules. Maybe they can’t get on social media, sites they can use, etc. Teaching your child to follow these rules is a great life skill for when they leave. Without sitting behind them watching every move, you will never be able to monitor them fully. You have to let them show you they are trustworthy. Teach them about bullies, fake contest, spam sites, so they are aware of the bad parts to the internet and can look for it.
Search Engine Filter
Make sure to add a search engine filter to whatever browser you use. There are a ton out there that work great and it will help to protect your child on ending up on an unwanted page or seeing something they shouldn’t.
Overall you have options but it mostly comes down to teaching your child what not to do and trusting them. Sure you can look through the history feed on the computer but if you ask them about a site they looked at they will know you are spying. Parenting is tough at times. Hopefully these measures above can help.
How do you monitor internet use in your house?