By David A. Scattone

Tablets are great learning tools for my children. They may never go to Egypt to see the Great Pyramid of Giza, but they could watch a documentary from National Geographic online. Some of our relatives live far away so the best way for us to interact with them is go online and talk to them through an app.

What was mentioned above are great uses for the internet and all the tools available. The problem is that there are many videos on the internet I do not wish to expose my children to along with people I do not want my preteen daughter talking to. I have my 11-year-old girl constantly talking to friends and classmates, my 6-year-old watches videos on Minecraft and my 4 year old watches videos on cars. Inappropriate content, content that I as a parent feel is not appropriate for my children is out there on the internet, waiting to be consumed. As a parent I need to take an active role.

56% of 11- to 16-year-olds have seen explicit material online

Solutions to limit inappropriate content:

  • Review your child’s internet browsing and watch history. Any sites or videos that could be suspect write down and delete from their history. Remember the algorithm looks for related videos, but can only use the info it has
  • Use the app’s own internal parental controls, remember they can be adjusted as needed
  • Possibly look to third party software
  • Know who your children are talking to, review their device for contacts and have the contacts of their parents

Conversation Starters:

  1. Is there anything that you saw online you don’t understand and would like to talk to me about?
  2. Is there anything online you saw that made you uncomfortable?
  3. When you were talking to your friends did they bring up any topics that made you feel uneasy?
  4. When you were talking to your friends did they bring up any words or terms you didn’t know?
  5. Do any of your friends make you feel scared or uncomfortable?
  6. Is there anything you want to talk about?

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