How You Can Improve Your Child’s Safety Online

When we think about the biggest threats facing our children today, the first thing that comes to mind is some stranger luring them into their car as they are playing outside. While this is a valid concern, cybercriminals, who are looking for their next victims online, pose an even greater threat. They assume fake identities, gain your child’s trust and convince them to meet in person. Needless to say, the consequences can be tragic. We all warn our children of the dangers they encounter on the street, but we do not spend nearly enough time explaining all the dangers that they can encounter online. After all, if you factor in how much time they spend on their smartphones, tablets and desktop computers, they spend more time in the digital world than in the real one.

Threats from Social Media

Nowadays, all family meetings should contain discussions about what is acceptable to post online. However, kids do not always use appropriate judgement when posting pictures and videos online. This content can fall into the wrong the hands and can be used to ruin your child’s reputation and even blackmail them. It is up to us as parents to monitor their social network activity to make sure everything they post is appropriate.

In order to assist you with this task and monitoring your child’s internet activities in general there is the Kidgyparental control app, which allows you to take full control of your child’s smartphone. You can block and limit any unwanted apps and you can see the messages they send and receive, even the deleted ones. Remember, everything your child posts online is considered public and can always be retrieved even if they delete it.

Download it for free from App Store or Google Play


Emergency Situations

When worst comes to worst, Kidgy parental control software has an SOS which your child can use to call you for help with the touch of a button. You would receive an SMS notification which contains your child’s exact geographic coordinates. This trouble can come in any form. It can be peer pressure situations. If you child’s friends are forcing them to do something they do not want to do, your child can call you for help using the SOS feature. This way you are the bad guy in the eyes of your child’s friends and not them.

Geofencing

Have you ever wondered if your child is telling you the truth when they say that they are at a sleepover at a friend’s house or at the library studying? Thanks to “geofencing” monitoring you will always know where your kids are. With the “geofencing” feature, you can set restrictions regarding which areas your child has your permission to be in and if they go outside this area, you will be notified. For example, if you give them permission to be at a sleepover at a friend’s house and they decide to go to another location, you would receive an SMS alert on your phone.

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying has received more attention recently thanks to celebrities speaking out against it and sharing their own experiences, most notably Taylor Swift. However, there have been a lot of tragic stories as well, such as the story of Amanda Todd, a Canadian teenager who took her own life because she could no longer take the abuse from cyber bullies. Unlike the bullies of the past, cyber bullying can happen anywhere at any time.

With the help of the Kidgy app, you can block all incoming numbers and messages from the bully and you can save the messages they sent in case you need to show them to the authorities if the situation gets out of hand. By blocking all communication from the bully, you are removing the psychological pressure, fear and intimidation they have over your child.

What Makes Kidgy Unique

Kidgy goes way beyond protection. It is designed to save your time by creating a one-page report, which is the easiest among competitors. Parents can schedule tasks for their children to complete and Kidgy will notify you when they have been completed, thus building trust between parents and children.

If your child is spending too much time on their phone, tablet or computer, you can use Kidgy parental control app to set time limits as to how long they can use the device or any given app. You are able to block any unwanted sites at home and school administrators can use Kidgy to keep the school computer lab a safe place for learning by blocking any inappropriate content.

Technology alone is not enough to keep your children safe online. You must have a serious discussion with your children about all the dangers of talking to strangers online and that the consequences could be dire. Online strangers can be even more dangerous than the strangers they meet on the street because they are more tech savvy and they know how to hide their true identity so they can never be tracked. The Kidgy app along with parental education and supervision is a surefire way to keep kids safe when they are surfing online.




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Andy Debolt
Andy is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism. When he isn't writing Andy enjoys water sports and spending time on the golf course.