The current generation of children have more access to digital technology than any that went before it. Although internet-based services are extremely helpful for children in many ways – they can access learning resources, communicate with their friends and find age-appropriate entertainment, for example – there is undoubtedly a darker side to consider. Few, if any, parents would be comfortable with their children happening upon adult-only content. Equally, parents need to be able to prevent inappropriate relationships building up online, especially if a so-called ‘friend’ turns out to be much older than they claim. Of course, children look up to their parents, too, and you may not want yours to copy your habit of playing online slots at a casino, something which is rightly age restricted. However, with the help of the latest parental control apps, you can make sure your children are able to access what is good about the internet whilst helping them to stay safe online. What are the top parental control software systems around at the moment?
The internet is full of dangers for children so it is little wonder that parents fall for hoaxes sometimes which target their worst fears, such as the Momo challenge. Of course, much of the fuss over Momo spread over social media sites like Facebook. Although Facebook is supposed to have a minimum age requirement of 13, insufficient checks are carried out to verify the ages of users unlike the more stringent checks that are in place at casinos and other adult-only online platforms. And yet, what the Momo challenge debacle taught us – if we can take anything from it at all – was that children were not in any real danger from it all. Where distress occurred, it was down to the anxieties of adults being passed onto children. Of course, that is something all responsible adults can control. What on earth happened to get us into this mess? [Read more…]