There are parents who do it and openly admit it. There are also parents who do it but do not dare to confess it. The Internet is a technology that has changed our entire world: the way we think, do business, communicate and entertain. However, the Internet has also proved to be a breeding ground for criminal activity. One of the more negative consequences of the Internet is the unimaginable amount of criminal and dangerous activities that it has given rise to and children are especially vulnerable to this threat. And this has left parents worried. No wonder they want to keep an eye on what their children are doing online. Now the question arises - Is it okay to spy on your kids?
Spying on your kids
This is a very common question parents ask when they observe that their children spend hours in front of a screen. Doubts about whom the kids are talking to or what kind of information they are sharing leaves the parents worried. Parents use spy cameras to keep an eye on their children. While it is important to be informed about what your kids are up to, we also have to make sure we are not invading their privacy unnecessarily. While children should be taught their limits, parents should also know their limits.
What then is the correct way?
When children are young, we teach them to cross the street correctly. We do not let them go alone down the street. We accompany them and each time, give them greater autonomy. It is the same with the Internet. No father or mother would give a knife to their children without having taught them how to use it and without making sure that they are ready to use it safely. With the Internet we would have to do something similar.
It is a question, then, of training children with the correct use of the Internet from a young age. They should be taught to use it in front of adults. We should also see the websites they are visiting. As much as possible, we should do it in front of them. However, at times, when we doubt something may be going wrong, we may make use of nanny cams and as soon as we are able to correct them, we should stop spying.
We know that there are websites online that are not very recommendable for minors.
Some of these websites teach and show how to injure oneself. Some even incite suicide. And then there is always the danger of pedophiles online targeting young boys and girls. There are children who are more vulnerable and may be more susceptible to these unhealthy behaviors.
The "Internet is bad" discourse does not work with children or adolescents because it is not true. It is true that the Internet carries dangers, but it also has many positive things. So, it is necessary to show, educate and train children to use the Internet safely. If you feel there may be some danger, you may choose to spy your kids for sometime.