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What every parent must do to protect their child from X-rated videos and other online dangers

The internet is apparently one of the best things that have ever happened to mankind but as good as it is, we can’t keep blinding ourselves to the looming dangers the little ones of today are exposed to whenever they have a chance to look through the magic window.

They are in imminent danger of being exposed to inappropriate contents, contents such as porn, violent videos and information that can encourage bad habits, followed closely with the impending danger of them ignorantly friending and communicating with strangers that may mean harm to them and that of terrorist grooming and sexual abuse.

Mere thoughts of these numerous online dangers can be torturous, not to talk of it happening and this leaves me with a question, would it be right for one to restrict his or her kids from using the internet? Absolutely not.

All the same, you can still protect your kids from the dangers while giving them the privilege to enjoy the benefits by practicing these 8 steps.

  1. Education is the main key, so start by relating the dangers they stand to face on the internet and how they can stay safe and have as much fun as they can. Let them know that there are thieves, kidnappers, pedophiles, etc, on the internet and that it is not every friend request they get they must accept.
  2. Tell them not to meet an online friend they don’t know in real life alone, unless they are accompanied by a trusted fellow.
  3. Make them understand that whatever they post online can be viewed by everyone and can’t easily be edited or removed, be it their pictures, videos or conservations. (Any information they put on the internet about themselves is as good or bad as being posted on their school’s notice board, for the attention of their teachers, friends, and foes.)
  4. Edit their private settings on their behalf to the maximum, teach them to keep their passwords secret and to always remember to log out whenever they are done using the internet.
  5. Just like you not having them watch TV shows or movies not appropriate for their age group, you must apply the same to their online practices and always remember to set up parental control on their devices.
  6. You can as well go to this link to choose from a list of 30 parental control software, listoffreeware.com. Examples are Digiparent, Anyweblock, PC screen watcher, Focalfilter, Parental filter and so on.
  7. To set up an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad for your kids to use, tap on Settings, then General and then Restrictions. You’ll have to enter a PIN to enable Restrictions in order that a child can’t simply re-enable the apps or other settings.
  8. Google’s Android OS doesn’t have much in the way of parental controls and really requires you to download a parental control app from the Play store.


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