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Parents reveal how they monitor children’s online activity

"Control access to WiFi - school work, chores must be completed first. Turn off WiFi access at night and have handheld devices placed in our bedroom. No handheld devices at the table when eating," said a parent.

By: Parenting Desk | Published: December 14, 2019 10:27:28 am
child online activity Parents need to monitor their child’s online activity to keep them safe. (Source: Getty Images)

Exposing a child to the internet can be tricky. Besides the impact of screen time, some of the content they come across might not be appropriate for their age. Not to mention how unsupervised use of the internet can also put them at risk of cyberbullying. So, it is crucial for their good health and safety that parents monitor their online activity. Parents on Reddit revealed how they do that:

1. “Monitoring software on their devices.” -Sine_Pi

2. “Computers are in the living room so no one can watch something inappropriate without someone else being able to see it…I check in on them every so often and if they try to hide the phone I know they’re watching stuff they aren’t supposed to.” -frontpagepirate1

3. “Control access to WiFi – school work, chores, etc. must be completed first. Turn off WiFi access at night and have handheld devices placed in our bedroom. No handheld devices at the table when eating.” -elcid1991

4. “Google Family link. It shows me how much time my teenager spends on each app each day. There is a 4 hour a day limit built in. It locks at bedtime so no staying up late on social media…I can remotely lock it at any point if needed, then the phone can only be used to call parents or an emergency number.” -Inquisitiveburner

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5. “I trust my children to be honest with me. Hopefully I have raised them correctly and they follow my examples. If I notice any strange behavior then I start asking questions and digging into their online activities. I have put on some parental restrictions but only as necessary.” -Oystershucker2

6. “My kids don’t hide their phones. They feel safe around me. They trust me. Keep them engaged so they’re not buried in their phones all the time. Watch YouTube WITH them. Play fortnite WITH them.” -CptCring

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