Monitor or talk? 5 ways parents can help keep their children safe online

By Joris Van Ouytsel

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Online monitoring can also have some unintended side effects. For example, parents of LGBTQ teenagers should be aware that sexual and gender minority youths often rely on the internet to find information, explore their identities and connect with the broader LGBTQ community. Restrictive forms of monitoring may take away youth agency and may severely limit opportunities for them to grow in their identities.

"Maybe you're transgender? Don't tell your parents though, they'll try and stop you transitioning..."

This kind of thing (trans grooming) will be illegal in the UK. Parents should heavily restrict internet use and monitor it, there's nothing innocent about it.

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I believe monitoring, cyber snooping is counterproductive.

I know about ninety nine point nine percent will disagree especially since I am not a parent.

I firmly believe that children need to learn and be taught how to manage their online presence and profile.

That will require parents to spend time coaching there children to a safe place

How to safely share their online friendships what to be aware of downloading, uploading, what not to say, and share, and upload.

I believe parents, have a duty to teach kids how to be safe digital citizens, as my mother and father taught responsible appropriately behavior offline.

To fall back on monitoring could be construed as an admission of failure, a failure of communication, a failure of teaching.

he reality, most kids know a lot more about the technology than their parents.

In the worse cases kids will learn a way to hide their online activities.

Teach, as a parent, about bullying,  most importantly that you are always there to help and advise offering that arm of protection.

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Yes, monitoring and surveillance of everyone and now even the kids already. And then afterwards loudly complaining about China and such in other blogs. lol

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How about not giving kids as young as 2 or 3 your phone or ipad every time you can't be bothered to engage with them so they don't develop the habit of screaming for it every time you sit down in a restaurant. And maybe set a better example yourself but not spending the whole time while seated texting, checking feeds and taking pictures of the damn food to put online and advertise how great your pretend life is.

And then when they are a bit older, how about not buying them smartphones or tablets in the first place. Far easier to control physical access to a PC or laptop (which is needed for school).

Seems simple enough. But sadly, requires a bit of parenting effort.

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