Kids today are more digitally connected than their parents ever were, and despite their tech-savviness, they also face more online dangers.
The internet is not all fun and games. It’s a place where we connect and share information with millions of strangers who may not necessarily have good intentions.
If adults can fall victims to scammers, stalkers and cybercriminals, imagine the dangers and challenges your child or tween can face in the digital world.
The online realm has its share of funny cat videos, Facebook posts and TikToks, but it’s also home to disturbing content, cyberbullying, predators and malicious activity of all sorts.
Parental control software can help make your child’s computer or mobile device safer by allowing you to monitor and filter inappropriate content and help establish better device habits. However, before you start implementing this option on your kids’ smart devices or computers, it’s essential to be open and communicative and let them how the software works.
Moreover, parental control software should not be used to obsessively track your kids’ every online move or infringe on their privacy or emotional wellbeing.
When should you consider using parental controls?
If you’re concerned about your children’s online activity but aren’t sure when or to implement parental controls on their devices, look for seven tell-tale signs to help you figure out your next steps:
Bitdefender’s Parental Control feature, which can be found in several of our security products, offers digital help to parents and guardians who wish to ensure extra online safety for children who use internet-enabled devices. The software filters out inappropriate digital content while allowing the parent to limit screen time and keep up with the child’s online activities. You can also check your child’s latest phone contacts for suspicious or unfamiliar numbers and track their location when they are not by your side.