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The Internet Has Become an Inherent Part of Kids’ Lives

Can you imagine a modern life without the Internet? No way, right? Work, studying, communication, entertainment – the Web and web-based technology rooted firmly in every area of our lives. Parenting is not an exception. Giving a kid a smartphone or tablet to watch a cartoon on YouTube or play a game while you deal with shopping is today a matter-of-course. Furthermore, buying an Internet-connected gadget for the kid is nowadays seen by many parents as something self-evident.

The thing is that providing children with mobile devices and letting kids surf the Internet unsupervised tend to happen ever-more-early. According to uSwitch agency survey, parents whose youngest child is 1 to 6 years old start to allow kids browse the Internet alone even before they are 5!

4,5 y.o.
On average, at this age many parents let their kids use the Internet alone. Besides, they are allowed to play online games and use apps from a handheld device.
8-12 years old kids say they visit at least three new websites every single day. At this stage, children spend in front of the screen on average 2-4 hours per day.
under-13s use at least one social network, even though they do not meet the age requirement for that. Moreover, 71% of teens use more than one social network.

Supporters and opponents of exposing children to technology at an early age still cross swords whether it’s good or not but it won’t change the fact that it is happening today and is becoming more and more typical occurrence. Thus, it’s reasonable to look for ways to secure Internet surfing experience and ensure family safe browsing via mobile devices.

The problem here is that traditional methods like placing the computer in a generally used area where parents can see what a kid is doing don’t work. Various restrictive or filtering system options cannot guarantee 100% protection as modern tech-savvy kids easily discover ways to work around such limitations. And as a result – they become exposed to numerous online dangers.

What Hazards Await Kids Online

Today, a parent just can’t be too much careful when it comes to the perils that the Net poses to children. The vast majority of them originate from the fact that Internet-enabled devices are the primary mean for kids and teens to meet new friends and interact with the peers. In fact, over half of new acquaintances start online but only 20% of those shift to the real life; the rest remains virtual.

So, here is the list of the most serious dangers that lie in wait for children on the Internet and can be a convincing reason to monitor web browsing:

  • Check MarkCyberbullying. According to Zeeko company survey, even the youngest students suffer from this problem: 15% of 1st and 2nd graders, and around quarter of 3rd, 4th, 5th graders say they had been cyberbullied or knew someone who had been cyberbullied.
  • Check MarkObjectionable content. Almost half of kids admit visiting websites that their parents would definitely disapprove (McAfee Digital Deception Study 2013). Usually, parents aren’t aware of these facts being falsely convinced that their children “would never do something like that.”
  • Check MarkSexting. In 2014, Drexel University polled undergraduate students on sexting to find out that over half of them sexted when they were teenagers. The main reason for such behavior may be an attempt to look more adult-like, stand out from classmates or build relations with the opposite sex.
  • Check MarkOnline predators. Mostly, kids and teens don’t see anything bad or threatening in communicating with strangers online and meeting them in person later. The other side of the coin shows that 1 in 5 teens received a sexual solicitation via the Internet, according to CaCRC.
  • Check MarkIdentity theft. In today’s digital world, identity theft is a common occurrence. Kids are at greater risk due to their inexperience and posting personal information on the Web. Carnegie Mellon Cylab study shows that over 10% of children under 18 became victims of identity theft.

To protect your kids properly, you must not rest assured that “my kid will never do that” or “hurtful things happen to someone else, not to my child.” You must admit risks and take action to ensure kids’ safety. First, thoroughly analyze your little one’s behavior looking for warning signs that can indicate problems. Such symptoms may include: not wanting to go to school; sudden loss of friends; difficulty sleeping or frequent nightmares; decreased self-esteem; frequent feeling sick or faking illness; lost or destroyed clothing and belongings, etc.

Then, talk to him or her, establish a trustworthy relationship and find out what’s going on. But remember that, for instance, only 1 in 10 children tells parents about being bullied. In our case, discovering the problem is even more than half the battle. And then – just be there for your kid to help him or her get through the hard times.

A to Z Monitoring

cell phone monitoring

Ensure safe browsing

  • Block objectionable content
  • View Internet history
  • Limit browsing apps
monitor online activity

Track online activity

  • Monitor social media
  • Oversee messengers and chats
  • View emails
remote mobile monitoring

Control & locate device

  • Lock device remotely
  • Track current location
  • Set geofencing and get alerts

How to Set Parental Controls for Web Browsing

Whether you like it or not, providing children with freedom is only a part of parenting; another vital element is controlling your little ones. How strict the supervision would be – that’s up to you to decide. But first take a reality check and answer yourself a question whether you are capable of monitoring your child’s offline and online activities without any assistance? Let us explain.

The thing is that modern kids are almost inseparable with their mobile devices thus, making monitoring even more complicated. Moreover, kids often are overwhelmingly more tech-savvy than their parents. In uSwitch research, 41% of parents admitted their children’s tech skills are way in advance of their own. These two factors mean that moms and dads desperately need help to stay aware of what their kids are up to. Arguably, the best recipe to comply with modern tech standards in parenting is using specially developed solutions. Regarding ensuring secure online experience on kids’ handheld devices, there are two main approaches:

Device Onboard Tools

Any smartphone or tablet – whatever OS it utilizes – has some sort of built-in parental controls. They can be quite useful for setting certain limitations when it comes to Internet browsing, for example, filtering 18+ materials, violent web games or even social media. It is commonly supposed that iOS’s “Restrictions” are generally more functional and dependable that Android onboard parental controls. Still, both systems are far from being 100% foolproof and can be bypassed with a little effort.

Family Safe Browsing
Parental Control App

An alternative to built-in features are a specially designed parental monitoring apps. They are a universal solution where comprehensive Internet activity tracking is just one of multiple functions. Such apps allow parents to follow text messages and multimedia files, monitor calls and contacts, check location and routes. All information can be viewed remotely at any time. Furthermore, due to secure password protection, such app cannot be overridden, so parents will always be able to check on their kid.

If you come to a decision to install parental control software on your kid’s mobile device, be sure to remember that this is just a supplementary tool. By no means it implies that you’re done with parenting work now. For starters, don’t become a control freak – being too authoritative doesn’t have anything in common with being a caring parent. Better use the information you get from monitoring app to discover topics your kid is interested in or issues that bother him or her. And then find a way to talk about it – not straightforwardly but gently; for instance, don’t explain what not to do – explain the options and consequences of certain actions. Thus, you’ll be able to keep children’s trust and respect.

Pumpic Has Everything a Parent Needs to Ensure Kid’s Protection

According to Pew Research Center, fears that the child is bullied, suffers depression, and can be kidnapped are top three US parents’ worries these days. Pumpic parental control app provides you with 24 outstanding monitoring features that allow you to minimize these risks. It is a state-of-the-art solution that helps parents to keep kids protected both in digital and the real worlds, thus ensuring your peace of mind. Check out the full list of Pumpic’s virtues in the table below.

Supported OS Versions:

  • IOS
    IOS 6.0 - 11.2
    iCloud password required
  • Android 2.2 - 6.0.1
    Some features require root
  • Monitor SMS and MMS
  • Monitor Calls History
  • View Calendar
  • View Contacts
  • View Emails
  • View Photos
  • View Videos
  • Remote Control Panel
  • Control Browser
  • Control Applications
  • View Bookmarks
  • View Notes
  • Block Device
  • Location Tracking
  • Geo-fences
  • Keylogger
  • Monitor WhatsApp
  • Monitor Skype
  • Monitor Facebook IM
  • Monitor Viber
  • Monitor Instagram
  • Monitor Kik
  • Monitor Snapchat
  • SMS Commands