Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s it was all about marbles, Lego and chopper bikes (If you were lucky to own one!). Or even My Little Pony, skipping ropes and Barbie dolls. Back then, childhood was so much simpler, and parents responsibilities were to decide if they were allowed to trade their ‘steelie’ for 5 cats eyes, avoid standing on stray plastic bricks strategically placed to cause the maximum pain and to repair the odd bike tyre puncture.
Nowadays it is very much a different picture. Children are now into Minecraft, Facebook, Tik Tok, YouTube, gaming consoles and watching their favourite blue haired hero (Aka Ninja.) defeat enemies online. Yes, the digital age is something that are children have grown up with. Whether it is on their mobile phone, Xbox, PS4 or iPad, there is no way of avoiding it. So, as parents are we keeping up with their online antics?
Being technologically savvy is a must for parents nowadays, with such dangers associated with online usage, it is important to keep our little ones safe from predators. It is no longer a case of setting ‘parental controls’ which can be disabled in minutes by our digitally clever youth and doesn’t stop everything. A bit like the old saying, ’A locked door keeps honest people out.’ (meaning those who wanted to get in, could!)
It therefore makes sense to take and interest and understand what they are doing whilst they are online, to monitor their internet usage and ultimately keep them safe from whatever dangers lurk out there. Most local colleges offer courses for adults to gain a better understanding, and in fact, there are plenty of online courses available too. Microsoft offer family settings allowing you to see and control what your children can access and when. As well as restricting age-related content not suitable for them. Of course, don’t just rely on software, or even having a general understanding of the digital age, make sure you keep an eye on what is going on, and to do that you too need to get as tech savvy as they are.
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