Internet certainly changed the way people interact with information. A few decades ago, before we went online, finding a piece of content, regardless of the subject was often not an easy task.
Today getting any kind of content doesn't seem like a problem at all. Even for a child. We can access to a great database of knowledge, accumulated by generations of people, using only our fingertips and a browser.
And this is great when we talk about useful information. Kids these day have unlimited opportunities for self-education, interacting with their friends or teachers, or just having a good time enjoying their favorite cartoons.
But there is another side of a coin. Web is filled with obscene harmful content. The fact that teenagers and children can easily find it online does not sound that positive.
Even more terrifying is that they may encounter it accidentally. Webroot shared disturbing numbers: 34% of internet users have experienced watching pornography through various kinds of pop-up ads, e-mail newsletters, etc.
It is more, than just nude pictures
Stop it right there!
As statistic states, the majority of young people encounter indecent content using their own laptops or smartphones. And this is something parents are able to prevent.
Today we have an impressive number of different kinds of parental control software on the market.
Various programs and applications are created according to needs of different families. Some of them provide not only internet activity monitoring features, but also access to Skype, WhatsApp, Snapchat, etc. accounts of children. Such software also offers keylogging options, which are also very beneficial for parents.
Unfortunately, a lot of parents consider such software the most effective and the only measure needed to provide child's security online.
Those apps will save a kid only if he can watch porn exclusively on his own device. But any child has friends, whose parents do not consider this a problem at all, and do nothing to protect their sanity.
Apart from installing s
oftware, it is crucial to talk to your kids about their behavior on the web and to teach them what to do and what to avoid.
There is literally no way you can protect a child for 100%, though.
Schools and parents
What is the parents’ task
It might sound obvious, but the only measure that can actually provide protection from traumas is building a trusty relationship with your kid.
The problem is a majority of parents are just afraid to speak with their children about such things. Thus kids are not eager to share with families about what they saw.
Children prefer to talk about that with their peers. One young mind meets other, they share something they can't possibly understand that and voila, a problem appears.
Parents should understand that if they want to prevent something happening to their kids, they should prepare not themselves, but kids. Yes, it might be and will be uncomfortable and there is nothing you can do about it. But being silent is not an option at all.
Your kid will encounter pornography sooner or later, this is inevitable. Punishing them for it is wrong, as it will lead to bigger problems, as total mistrust towards parents and gradual becoming estranged from the family.
Children are victims here. Even if they look for pornography intentionally. They are just curious.
Parent's duty is to educate their children since the day they start to use the internet.
Don't hesitate to talk about it. It is much easier than watching your kids destroying their lives.