​Creating a secure digital environment​

In today’s increasingly digital world, children are growing up immersed in technology. They use the internet for learning, playing games, and watching their favorite shows. As a parent, ensuring your child’s safety is a paramount concern, both in the physical world and online.

Whether they’re watching videos, scrolling through social media, or browsing websites, children are exposed to content that may not be suitable for their age. This content can encompass violent, dangerous, frightening, or sexually explicit material. Here are some steps you can take to filter what your child sees online.

​Establish passwords​

Familiarize yourself with your devices and your child’s devices, including their privacy and security settings. Create passwords for your devices and accounts to prevent unauthorized access by your child. Many search engines, such as Google, offer a ‘SafeSearch’ feature that helps filter out inappropriate results.

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​Implement parental controls​

Numerous apps and software solutions provide parental control features. These tools allow you to monitor your child’s online activities, set time limits, filter out unsuitable content, block specific apps and websites, and restrict in-app purchases. Avoid giving access to devices that may not have such controls set. Do not leave your own phone unattended, if you have any content on your phone that may not be appropriate for the child.

​Opt for child-friendly platforms​

Utilize child-friendly websites and search engines like KidzSearch and YouTube Kids to filter out explicit content. Popular streaming platforms like Netflix and YouTube offer the option to create a separate child account, enabling you to filter and curate TV shows and movies according to age-appropriate ratings for children aged 12 and under.

​Choose age-appropriate apps​

​Open communication​

If you observe changes in your child’s behavior or suspect they may be facing negative or unwanted online interactions, engage in conversation. Talk to your child about their online experiences, emotions, and concerns. Providing a listening ear can go a long way in ensuring their online safety and well-being. It is also important to talk to your child about the kind of content they should not watch, if they come across it accidentally.