21st century is a time of digitalization and virtual reality. It is so intricate in the society that every age group cannot help but to get hooked to it. No doubt, it has numerous positive sides of it, but there are some negative sides, which are very severe. Those are hidden and can be identified with higher intellectuality. SO, the most common prayer or victim to these situations is the kids. Here are 5 ideas to keep the kids’ safety in this digital age.
1) Increase awareness
There will be inventions all around the world and it is inevitable. But, what helps to identify these inventions’ positive and negative sides is the knowledge about it. Knowledge gives you such a power that none can take away. So, as the kids are stubborn enough to be a part of this globalization paradigm, it is important to create awareness about things that they o not understand. Being a caregiver, or a parent or anyone who is a well wisher, you should make the kids aware of the bad sites or indications of this digital age. This will help them protect themselves from digital atrocities. This is a very important internet safety for youth.
2) Protect your kid’s identity
Digital age gives everyone a golden opportunity to be multi-faceted without being identified. So, using anonymity, people are getting a very strong way of getting involved into various things. But, kids are merely aware of these things. You can do two things. First you need to make them know that the people they are mixing with at social media have the highest chance to have fake identities. SO, they should not trust anyone in the internet over a certain limit. Secondly, you can teach them how with this way, they can protect their identity to others. One very important source of cyber crime evolves with the identity.
3) Digital Monitoring
This is one of the popular tips of women safety on internet. Digital monitoring is actually taking the parenting to a new level and throwing challenges to the parents which they are accepting. These parents create their own social media accounts, hiding their own identities, and become friends with the children on social media sites. So, they check the posts of their kids, the pages the like and subscribe, and the authenticity of the page. If they find anything abusive, they can lock the page to abstain their kids to have access to this page. Parents find this a very useful way of monitoring the activities of the child and identify the problems in prior. But however, this is a breach of trust as it gets intervention of the parents to the personal life of the kid without consent.
4) Talk, Listen and Ask
It is very important to be pro-active than being reactive in this age of digitalization. Today, you just cannot stop a kid from doing something with punitive measures and scolding. You need to be more sensitive and intellectual in handling the issues. First you need to talk to them about the whole idea of digital world. Then you ask them what they have learned and experienced from the internet. The hardest and most important part is to keep your mouth shut and ears open- to listen to what the kid says.
5) Prevent cyber-bullying
Youth is a very sensitive age that moulds the whole life. So, an experience digs deep in heart and has the effect throughout the rest of the life. One of such is bullying. 1 in 3 children every second is bullied, made fun of, threatened, targeted and humiliated in every now and then for almost everything- for its physique, for its activities and many other thing. And cyber bullying can never be identified because internet allows one to have multiple personalities hiding the actual one. So, it is important to make your kids aware about this cyber bullying and also to teach them from being abstain from such a heinous crime. For that you need to keep access control system safe.
It is very important in this digital age to be aware of the negative effects of this internet, social media. Kids are the most vulnerable ones. So, their protection should be in the first position in the priority list of the parents. Above are the ideas that can keep the kid safe in the virtual reality world.