When it comes to protecting your family online, there’s a lot to juggle. Parents need to keep an eye on their own security gaps, sure, but also need to oversee their child’s internet use. Monitoring screen time, internet access, age-inappropriate content, not to mention problematic social interactions over chat (bullying or being bullied) is, well, a lot.
Time to bring in the parental controls. With apps like Boomerang Parental Control, powered by Samsung Knox, parents can keep a watchful eye on their kids — screening calls, tracking movements and monitoring inappropriate texts — without having to grill them constantly. But don’t just set it and forget it. Parents should be active in approving the apps they download and keeping an eye on screen time (both the amount and where the kids spend it). Furthermore, it’s also important to supplement online parental controls with real face-to-face conversations. Ask the kids what their online experience is like, including what’s great about it and what areas they find difficult to navigate. After all, strong communication will always be the most effective and thorough parental control.
Parents should also be aware that protecting their children from the digital world’s threats should always go in parallel with guiding them to reap its benefits. With a wide array of family-friendly activities to both entertain and learn, Samsung Kids encourages parents to build a safe environment for children to explore and connect with the world.