Parental Control: A growing necessity in today’s digital age
The World Wide Web has been a home to many wonders and breakthroughs throughout the years. Nowadays, it continues to develop as a venue for endless sources of information and chances for interaction– not only for adults, but for kids as well. There is no denying that the internet has become the go-to hub of kids when it comes to attaining knowledge, entertainment, and communication. However, greatness always comes with danger.
In 2018, a study conducted by an international think tank called DQ Institute shows that the average Filipino child spends 34 hours per week in front of digital screens for entertainment reasons– two hours higher than the global average. In addition to that, Filipinos aged 8-12 years old are also more exposed to “unhealthy habits of digital usage” and to cyber risks such as cyberbullying and online sexual behavior.
Because of the possible threats online, Globe launched an advocacy campaign called #Rated PC (Parental Control) for its Globe At Home users. “#Rated PC aims to educate and empower these parents and guardians on how they can maximize the benefits of their kids’ internet usage such as learning and collaboration while minimizing risks and dangers present in the online world,” explains Martha Sazon, Senior Vice President and Head of Broadband Business of Globe Telecom.
With these pressing issues concerning a child’s security, especially for a digital native-filled market such as the Philippines, one question arises: How can parents exercise a considerable yet respectful level of control when it comes to their child’s internet usage?
Here are five easy yet effective tips from Globe At Home on how to apply parental control:
- Limit their screen time
Kids can learn about time management by dividing their allowable time on school assignments, research, play, or simply surfing the web.
- Protect their identity and security
Kids must understand that stranger danger is applicable offline and online. Emphasize on the importance of protecting their privacy and identity by not giving out personal information to unknown sites and digital strangers.
- Check their sources
Kids need to know how to verify if their source of information is from a credible site or not. From time to time, kids should be reminded that not everything they see or read online is true, especially now that the existence of fake news is rampant.
- Ensure their courtesy online
Kids should be aware that the courtesy they practice when speaking to someone in person is also applicable online. Reiterate the fact that throwing of vulgar or hurtful words and profanities are considered as cyberbullying, and they must not be tolerated.
- Activate parental control
Kids can be protected from various online threats and unwanted content through a parental control feature from internet service providers. The TP Link Device, bundled especially for Globe At Home Postpaid subscribers, provides an option for parents to set up controls for their kids to secure their online experience. Even better, the device deploys and anti-virus software and enhances the WiFi signal inside the home.
For more about Secure WiFi Bundle and other products and services by Globe At Home, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/broadband.html.
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