Yes, Parents should be applauded for wanting the best for their kids, but a key part of parenting is getting out of the way and not forcing them to do things in a peculiar way, monitoring them with surveillance-spy cameras or even restricting them to the public.
Parents are essential in a child’s life, so is the control over their children, but to a limit. Parents know they are indispensable to the role of adding value to the lives of their kids, this is why all parents should strive in devoting themselves to taking care of their children especially in feeding, teaching, supplying, cleaning, correcting, comforting and showing them love. But it will interest you that it is true that most parents want most of these beautiful things for their children but not all of them have the time.
Since parental control is indispensable, being important and influential to their kid’s behavioral patterns, it will be unwise to leave these little children all the time with their nannies having the feeling of safety provided a nanny cam can streams everything in life at a finger tip. A child is at the center of his/her own powerful social network, this is why no matter how security conscious and caring a parent is, children absorb information from all directions and without the proper parental control, unbelievable utterances or attitudes may soon begin to be observed coming from their children.
We were all children once, and we know how this works. In case for those parents out there who don’t know; it will interest you that kids do not come into the world as empty brains, they are making moral choices as early as 3 months old, therefore not everything, in other words, should be on the backs of the parents. Parents deserve respect, but comic books and TV cartoons, urban legends those kids tell each other and the innocent fumbling through young friendships are not to be taken for granted. So it will be unwise for parents to force your kids in doing things to suit your will rather they should endeavor in helping their children in doing the right thing, this is why some parents are mislead in the notion of misleading thinking they can control every variable in their children’s lives. “In fondo”, the best strategy for parental control is; to teach young child how to think and not what to think.
In the modern world we live today, as children tend to grow up, the use of smart devices are as indispensable to them as their parents, this is why it can be tough being a parent in these days where the average family is running its own small IT department made up of computers, tablets, Smartphone and smart devices. In many family situations, kids as young as the age five are required to take their own devices to school giving busy parents the added responsibility for managing these devices. This often forces the earlier than desired introduction of a device to the child’s life, of which cannot be extensively monitored by a hidden camera, but only with the help of tracking devices installed on these smart devices. Schools may have the best intention when it comes to smart device policies, but such policies should also require that the school work very closely with parents sufficiently enough to ensure that these devices have adequate user protections.
With all things been equal, and as technology advances by the bucket load, it has never been more indispensable for parents to redeem control and learn about how to keep their kids safe online and on their smart devices. Hence, there are some few tips that can help towards efficient smart parental control:
Parental Control Tips for setting up devices for children
Thanks to major technology companies like Apple, Microsoft and Google who tend to now focus on helping parents to manage their children’s screen time. Some of these applications helps parents to set downtime periods, set time limits on certain apps or categories of apps and generally monitor the child’s use of the device and more. Here is how you can use them:
Apple IPad and IPhone: You can set up your child’s device with Screen Time, allowing you to set controls on specific time the device can be used, set limits on specific apps or categories of apps, and control a range of content and privacy restrictions. Also, ensure to give your kids their own Apple ID.
Android: Similar to Apple’s Screen Time, install the Family Link app on both parent and child devices and set up controls for the child’s device.
Computers / Laptops / Macs: Always set up your kid’s computer with a separate account to the main administrator account, then go ahead to set restrictions on the child’s account.
For younger children, you will want to really consider what apps and features they should have access to, and also endeavor to block or remove those that are not needed including sites that contain adult content from their web browsing.