Press Release (ePRNews.com) - Jan 09, 2016 - A couple of our kids have developed a new habit, when their phones buzz they suddenly have a bout of constipation, rushing urgently to the toilet and then spending thirty to forty five minutes on the loo, no fun when you are a family of ten soon to be eleven.
Now I know none of my kids have ever suffered from constipation and I haven’t read any evidence of mobile phones causing constipation especially triggered by a message being received. As an experiment I started banning phones being taken to the loo and guess what? They were all cured and the bathroom is now free when I’m bursting for a wee.
What ever the contents of the messages were, they are obviously only to be read and replied to behind a locked door. Which got me thinking, just how much do we know about what are kids are up to on their mobile phones?
In our day there was no mobile phones and the internet was just for scientists and geeks, you were lucky if you even had a landline.
You would call for your friends and play out until it was dark, there was always a dodgy bloke on every street who your were well warned about. You didn’t talk to strangers and everyone knew who you were and what you were up to, and if you ever stepped out of line it got reported straight back by Mrs busy body via the mums network and you got clobbered for it.
Christmas day you use to be out with a million other kids riding new bikes, skateboards, scooters and go-karts.
Those days are gone, now the streets are deserted, Kids are sat staring at screens connected to the entire world and Mrs busy body mum is now redundant.
Whilst smartphones undoubtedly have their advantages for staying in contact with your kids and knowing where they are, but as a parent how much do you really know about what your kids are up to on theirs?
What content they access, who they are texting and what they are sending and receiving are all things you should know as their parent.
With so many free messenger apps available it’s all to easy for your child to send and receive inappropriate pictures, videos and messages. Today’s digital age makes it all to easy for anyone to get in touch with anyone and more worryingly anyone to pretend to be anyone.
There are many things you can do to help keep your kids safe on their mobiles and the internet. Parental controls on your children’s devices and on your home wifi hub are a start but all to often your kids are a step ahead of you.
Accessing public wifi hotspots, using proxy sites to bypass your hubs parental controls and even just simply resetting the hub are just a few tricks your kids will undoubtedly already know about.
As a parent you have a duty to educate yourself and to become as tech savvy as your kids.
Talking to your children about their usage and understanding how and what they use their phones for is an important place to start.
Is it wrong to check their phones, read their messages be it texts, facebook, kik messages, SnapChat or what ever they use?
We have a policy of no passwords allowed on our children’s phones, I believe this makes them think a little knowing we could access their phones when ever we like.
At the end of the day you do have a duty to ensure you children are viewing age appropriate content and to make sure the only people they are talking to is family and friends.
Set some down time, we have caught my own teenagers still awake past midnight on their phones school night or not, whenever we caught them the phones are taken away for a week and our younger children have never been allowed phones at bed time at all.
Banning certain apps is also worth considering in our house WhatsApp and SnapChat are banned SnapChats most common use seems to be to exchange pictures of body parts, people falsely thinking because the image is deleted in a few seconds and it’s gone for ever, this isn’t true. A simple screen shot can capture it and then it can be shared across the internet.
You can block the SnapChat servers in your hubs firewall to prevent your children using it over your home wifi simply block the following urls: feelinsonice-hrd.appspot.com
But it won’t stop them using it over their mobile data plan or public wifi.
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