Reasons Why You Need Parental Control Software
You must have heard about a variety of parental control software. The software is designed for internet-based gadgets and devices to track and monitor your children’s TV usage and online activities. Being a responsible parent, you would want to essentially take advantage of parental control features.
The good thing is that most of the cable TV services offer their plans including parental controls. Since I’m a Spectrum subscriber, I can tell that from Spectrum TV Essentials to their most high-end package, you get to have parental controls with all of them.
Let’s explore the top reasons why we highly recommend parental control software on your children’s computers, smartphones, ad tablets. After all, it is for their well-being.
Staying Safe on the Internet
You must have had a zillion conversations about internet safety with your young ones. No matter how sensibly you delivered those lectures and how they seem to respond with positive affirmation, you can never exactly figure out if the message has sunk in. The idea of your children accessing dangerous and inappropriate content is not pleasant at all. Therefore, using parental control software in an essential preemptive measure.
Being able to track all the websites and content that your kids have been accessing. This will give you a clear picture as a parent whether you need to have the internet safety conversation again or perhaps block some apps manually.
Constant Control and Monitoring
You cannot just be around your children all the time. If they own personal tablets, phones, or gaming consoles, think about the times when they have been out and about with those devices and you are not around. Also, if they often take their devices along to school, to a friend’s, a school trip, a sleepover, and so on, you need to be conscious and cautious.
With a parental control app on each of those devices, you will be able to effectively monitor and control your kid’s statistics no matter where they are in the world. You will be able to maintain a level of security and safety for them.
Check and Balance of Their Digital Diet
Children today are becoming more and more addicted to screens and technology. They are disconnecting from the reality being glued to their gadget screens constantly. With parental controls, you will be able to monitor the extent of their device usage. You can calculate their screen time along with the time they are spending in front of TV screens and then make the right decisions for them.
Effectively Prevent Cyberbullying
Yes, it is a shame that even in the most cultured and educated societies, things like cyberbullying is such a rampant problem. You have to address this issue for your children, especially if they are young. Since people can maintain anonymity on the internet, trolling is a prevalent practice. Since you don’t want your kids to feel bad, insecure, and under-confident about themselves, you need to keep such trolls and bullies at bay.
Installing a parental control app will allow monitoring anything disturbing whilst they are commenting on status updates, photos, or chats. Whether they are the victims or guilty of cyberbullying, you can help them in both cases with the right advice and guidance.
Limiting Online Gaming
Online gaming by nature is quite addictive. Gaming in moderation is entertaining and fun. But excess of gaming can mess with the concentration levels of your kids. Too much gaming and screen time also messes with their social skills and disconnects them from reality.
While they have a gazillion games a click away, with a parental control app you will be able to monitor to the time they are spending gaming and help them strike the right balance.
At a young age, contact with the real world is of vital importance. This age is also important to learn time management and balancing various activities. With a parental control app, you will be monitoring their online and gaming activities and teach them time management. It’s an important skill that is going to benefit them for life!
Making More Time for the Family
Device-free and quality time where the members of the family chitchat with eye contact. Spending this time together is vital to family bonding. Teach your kids to make more time for the family. Indulge in indoor and outdoor games, go together to walk your pet, and cook together. Encourage them to do small chores.
Another important thing is to encourage them to socialize with the neighborhood fellas. They can go cycling together or play football. Socialization and being able to healthily interact is very important. And addiction to technology and screens can hinder all these things. These activities are a great way to tempt your children for some off-screen time. For me, it has work wonders. And it has also effectively reduced my Spectrum bill!
As parents and adults, you have to set an example of how much time do you spend with your family.