Sometimes the question isn’t “should” parents monitor online activity, but “when” do they? Immediately? Eventually? Should they begin once they see warning signs? Undoubtedly, it is a struggle for even the most tech savvy of parents to stay on top of new challenges their kids face online. Even schools have begun to ask parents to actively monitor their kids’ activities, especially on social media, to prevent specific factors of threats kids might, and will, find online…especially with self-harm and suicide risks.
The two biggest things that will help parents fight this battle are: 1) install a monitoring system, such as WebProtectMe Guardian, to keep tabs on what is being seen, and searched for, online, and 2) Ask the kids! Talking to teens about what they are looking at is always the best, and most effective way to safeguard them against potential threats.