The stranger danger scare easily applies to a random creepy person your kid might run into on the street. Most kids know better than to go near them. But what happens when a friend — someone they’ve been opening up to for months, building a solid, trusting emotional relationship — wants to meet in real life? How does a parent deal with classmates who’ve created a group on social media dedicated solely to humiliating, embarrassing, and spreading rumors about their child?
This is where you’ll learn all the most recent information on internet safety for kids and the real scale of potential threats. We collected information from reputable sources: comparative studies with over 100,000 participants, government websites, child protective services, and cybersecurity companies. In addition, we examined all aspects of children’s online behavior, including smartphone ownership, time spent online, time spent on social networks, and positive as well as negative online experiences.
We took notice of the demographics: data on kids’, tweens’, and teens’ age, gender, and country, including the US, China, Brazil, and Italy. You’ll see detailed descriptions of kids’ exposure to the most common online threats, including cyberbullying, scams, adult content, and online predators.
We also listed just how aware both kids and parents are of issues like online safety for kids, cyberbullying, and children’s overall online presence. Do kids turn to their parents when they need help with online harassment? Do parents talk to their kids about how to stay safe online? Do they use parental control software? To what degree?
We conclude with some tips on staying safe on the internet. We also included tools and resources that can help you monitor and optimize your kids’ online behavior. We want to help them make the most of the internet without falling victim to its many pitfalls.
Before We Begin
Your child needs you to keep them safe. If there’s one duty that every single parent takes seriously, it’s keeping their child’s well-being intact. But in the world of easily accessible fast internet connections and the ever-growing plague of cyberbullying, keeping them secure online isn’t always an easy task. You can’t be everywhere at the same time, nor can you really control every tiny aspect of your child’s life. So, how can you make sure they’re okay even when you’re not around?
Enter, parental monitoring systems.
Children and Online Safety — Giving Them A Safe Digital Space Through Monitoring Apps
Before we give you the statistics, we want to reassure you first — you can keep your youngest ones out of harm’s way, as long as you invest some effort in their online safety. One of the best ways to remain a comforting presence even in your child’s virtual world are parent monitoring apps. For example, apps such as Bosco are aimed at predicting and preventing threats to