Being parents, we want to keep our kids safe, not only physically, but also online, without taking away their freedom. Internet has undoubtedly changed our lives for the better, but it is also a mother of various problem, one being exposure and possible addiction to pornography. Adults are mature enough to understand the consequences of watching porn, but teens see it differently. Where there is internet, there is porn, and teens feel it difficult to resist the temptation. According to a study, 42% of kids that fall between 10 to 17 years of age are exposed to porn. If you do not want this to happen with your kid, then follow these tips.
- Install a Parental Control App
With your job and other chores, it becomes difficult to monitor kids 24/7, so the first thing you must do is install a parental control app on your kid’s device. Make sure that the app filters web content and blocks inappropriate websites. Quality parental controls like ShieldMyTeen offer category-based blocking, thus allowing you to block all the websites that directly or indirectly expose kids to questionable content. Kids may not like this idea at first, but they will eventually understand that it is for their own benefit. Tell teens that you love them, and that you are installing the app to make sure they do not come across anything online that can take a toll on them psychologically and even physically.
- Limit Phone Use
Most of the kids watch porn on their smartphones, often at night when they are sure that no one can disturb them or catch them watching it. You should limit their smartphone use, thus giving them no time to secretly indulge in these activities. Ask your youngsters to leave the smartphone in your room at night. You may also ask them to switch it off at night, but this alone won’t help. Kid may watch porn during day timings when you are not around and this takes us to our next point.
- Keep Him Busy
Make sure kids remain busy throughout the day. Develop a certain schedule for them to follow. You may ask them to join a sports club or you can get them enrolled in some course that they like, e.g. music lessons, dancing classes, etc. after school. It will not only distract their mind, but will also help them to develop a social circle and learn new things.
- Teach Teens to Become Their Own Watchdog
Installing a parental control app, making them busy, and giving them long lectures is not the ultimate solution. In today’s world, it’s almost impossible for your teens to fully avoid porn. What if they come across any porn video on an otherwise perfectly harmless website, getting them to click on a seemingly safe link, or they are directed to porn website while browsing something else? This happens all the times. Teens should be strong enough morally and ethically to avoid porn even if they can easily get access to porn websites. This may seem like an impossible task at first, but with your support and guideline, they can definitely do this. Simply share consequences of watching porn with them. Also, talk about your family, cultural and religious values. Tell them how there is always a right time for everything.
- Team up With Other Parents
Not all teens listen to what parents say. They just want to enjoy without thinking or caring about the consequences. If your kid is no different, than do not just rely on installing a monitoring app or giving long lectures. Team up with his, her friend’s parents and also with the school management to make sure that kids do not get access to internet, and especially to porn websites in school or at friend’s home.
With some support, guidelines, monitoring tools and most importantly your time, kids will definitely stay away from porn and other inappropriate content.