While many of us wish we didn’t have to do so, controlling and monitoring our children’s online activity has become an undeniable need of the present era.
We as parents may resent encroaching on the privacy of our children, but as adults it is our wish, nay our responsibility, to protect them from the dangers of the internet.
Luckily, there are many tools at our disposal to help us achieve this, of which the most effective way has to be restricting access to certain websites on the internet.
But why do certain types of websites need to be on your parental control website list? Read on.
Protecting them from mature/explicit content
This one’s a given. As any adult knows there is a TON of pornographic content on the web, and a lot of it is frequently marketed through advertisements on websites.
What’s worse is that there are many degenerate porn videos that parody popular kids shows, which only increases the chance of kids accidentally being exposed to them.
Letting that would be an utterly irresponsible thing to do, that’s why any pornographic websites NEED to be restricted from being accessed by minors.
That goes for public video chatroom/private show sites too, since we all know what those always end up hosting.
Protecting them from people on the internet
The world is not a kind place, and not everyone who greets you with a smile and a friendly compliment is your friend; this simple fact is one that is common knowledge among us adults, but to kids, it is still a lesson they have yet to learn.
So, before they make the mistake of trusting the wrong person online and end up in big trouble (one only needs to do a quick Google search to find bone-chilling cases of kids and online predators), we need to take action to prevent this from happening.
That’s why all social sites and public chatrooms with little restrictions need to be kept off the table.
But what about the more popular social sites like Facebook, Instagram, etc.? True, these websites may pose a threat, but being active on these websites has more or less a societal requirement in this age.
For this debate, we propose a simple solution. While it would be safest to block them off altogether, if you believe your children are mature and smart enough to stay wary of strangers online, then we feel you should let them access these sites, under your supervision of course.
Protecting them (and you) from poor financial decisions
Kids, in general, aren’t too smart when it comes to handling finances (well duh). That’s why keeping shopping websites out of their reach may end up saving you a lot of money.
Kids won’t understand the implications of signing up for a service or buying a fairly expensive item off of Amazon; better to eliminate the possibility.
Protecting them from developing bad gambling habits
You’ve probably heard of online casinos and betting games. You may have even played them a couple of times, which is why you know how addicting and draining on your funds an activity it can be.
Even if you have an online gambling problem, the last thing you’d want is them to adopt it too. Better block off all gambling sites then.