There are so many twists and turns on the Internet Highway. We as adults have a hard enough time avoiding all of the potholes. Our children lack experience and are therefore much more vulnerable to the traps that are laying in wait. I’m not really trying to scare anyone, but it is real. If it isn’t bad enough that there are sexual predators out there looking for their next victim, there are also those that want to extort you for money or try to bully everyone that they come in contact with. It’s real, and it happens every day! So what can we do to protect our children?
I wish I could peek over their shoulder and help them navigate the world. As great as that sounds, it isn’t very practical. You can’t just stay home and watch the kids 24/7. Even if you did stay home, would you be able to just sit and watch them all day (and night)? No, so what can we do? First of all, my suggestion is to have a good working relationship with your child. Exercise good communication skills so that you are able to explain the pitfalls that are out there and why you are so concerned. If you don’t have a good relation with your child, now is the time to start working on that. And don’t expect it to get good overnight. It didn’t get this way in a day, and it’s going to take longer than a day to fix it. No matter who’s to blame for the problem, it is our job as the parent to repair it. Just get the ball rolling and keep making progress in the right direction. Communication is key. If you have bad communication skills, then maybe that is how you can start the conversation with your child. Okay, enough on that…
So, what’s next, a spy camera? Yeah and who has time to look through all that footage? If you had time for that, you would just stay at home and watch them. Besides, your children learn by doing and you aren’t going to earn any brownie points by spying on them either. However, it is your job as a parent to look after them. I occasionally look for something that can help me. There are always new things coming out and I am always searching for what is out there that can make my job easier. So on one of my solo-flights through the internet I came upon Kidas. Kidas is a behind-the-scenes kind of program that you might be interested in. In my opinion, if you decide to use Kidas, you should tell your child it is there. By being up front about it you can explain what it is and why it is there and you won’t look like the bad guy if and when you have to intervene. And I imagine it will be more like when instead of if. So, what is Kidas? I’m glad you asked…
Kidas is a program that runs in the background on your child’s computer. It monitors voice communication, text communication, and screen time on PC games (and apps) to keep your child safe. And every Tuesday I get a report of anything that has raised a red flag (no matter how insignificant it may seem). Also included with the notification is a personalized recommendation, written by Kidas experts, on how to resolve the situations when they arise. As much as we would like to not have to deal with these things, it gives me so much peace of mind to know that Kidas is looking out for my child when I can’t. The truth of the matter is, our children are naive and vulnerable to attack, whether verbally or otherwise. I want to know when something is happening, don’t you?
Even when you’re there, you still can’t see everything that is going on, so do yourself a favor and get the only software on the market that monitors your child’s online gaming adventures and lets you know when something is going wrong. Yes, you heard that right, they are the only bullying and predator protection software for your child’s PC games. Here is a list of some of the games that they monitor: Minecraft, Sims 4, Dauntless, Fortnite, Roblox, Destiny, Candy Crush, and there are a lot more. So most of the PC games that they might play will be constantly monitored and you will know how many hours a week they are on their computer playing games. You may not realize how much time they spend on it until you see the report, and if that is too much, you can work on lowering it. But until you know just how much, you’re only guessing.
I know I have only scratched the surface of how to keep your children safe, but you have to start somewhere. We all want the best for our children and we all want to keep them safe. If you want to learn more about Kidas and how to keep your children safe, check out their website here: Kidas.
Kidas is (for a limited time) offering a 10% discount for Mom Blog Society readers. Just enter “MomBlogSociety10” at checkout.
And you can sign up for a subscription here: SIGN_UP.
And if you still have questions, check out their frequently asked questions page here: Questions.
as always,… take care, be safe, and I hope you find this helpful…