How to Keep An Eye on Your Child’s Online Activity

Some ways to make sure your kid's online presence doesn’t lead them to the wrong path

Updated on September 13, 2017 14:09 pm

Luisa Wong

How to Keep An Eye on Your Child’s Social Media Accounts

Access to technology and the Internet has shaped the way kids interact with the world. With the advent of social media, they’re not only able to share but also connect with friends, either real or virtual. They are also subject to many sources of information that if left unchecked, can cause danger to them.

Here are some ways to monitor your kids in this age of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter:


1. Keep communication lines open.

The foundation of a strong relationship between parents and children is open communication. The same goes for granting them access to social media. Have a serious conversation with them about online safety, privacy, and restrictions as well as benefits of the platform if used properly. Assure them of your guidance whenever needed.


2. Keep devices in public.

Computers, laptops, and mobile phones tend to be unmonitored if only your child has access to them. Place these devices and gadgets in a common area in your home, like the living room. This way, your child will be conscious of the environment while accessing their social media accounts.


3. Check their privacy settings.

Always check their social media accounts’ privacy settings to prevent their personal information from being visible to people they don’t know. There are privacy softwares you can install to limit their access to inappropriate websites.


4. Limit their use of devices.

The best way to keep them from overexposure online is to limit their computer and cellphone use. Set a time when they can check their social media accounts. It can be after they finished their homework and on a specific time during the weekend.


5. Connect with them online.

If you also have social media accounts, connect or follow them to monitor what they are posting, liking, or even sharing. However, make sure to still give your child the online space that he or she needs by not reacting to all her activities.


6. Warn them about online contests or questionnaires.

Internet popups and advertisements can be deceiving because most of them are designed to collect people’s personal information. Children are the most susceptible to these online questions and promos, so advise them to avoid clicking and signing up.


7. Be familiar with "their" language.

Kids nowadays have a different language they use to communicate with peers and this extends to their online activities. It pays to know some of the most commonly-used expressions and abbreviations so that you know exactly what they mean when they comment on a friend’s post or when they talk to someone over a messaging app.

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