Technology And The Internet: Keeping Your Children Safe And Informed

The birth of computers for domestic use, gradually seeped into everyone’s homes, schools and libraries across America as the advantages of having such an advanced piece of technology seemed to outweigh any known risks. With just a few decades of technology under our belts, the dangers have become more prominent in the media, and although we may consider ourselves as parents to be quite savvy in avoiding the digital world’s pitfalls, the kids may not possess the sense of awareness you have. This could make them vulnerable to digital world dangers. Which is why the pointers below highlight some of the risks and benefits to help keep them safe and informed in the virtual world.

Educate About Risks

You could begin by sitting them down to have a chat, maybe using your own PC/laptop/phone as an example to make the experience more interactive and walk through some of the dangers and solutions on the internet. However, use a bit of discretion to work out what’s age appropriate.

 

  • Spam email – Encourage kids not to give out their email at every opportunity and to limit it to close family and friends only, otherwise they may receive an influx of spam. Explain the difference between genuine and spam emails. For instance, opening and toying with spam email could allow viruses on to their computer or phone, causing it to stop functioning.
  • Cyberbullying – Showing them how to block/ban other people who are harassing or insulting them online is essential. Use the prevent cyberbullying extract from the government website for more information on this subject.
  • Social Media – Explain why it’s best to limit your personal info and pictures online and not to entertain friend requests or private messages from people they do not know.
  • Private Information – Encourage your children to keep their passwords in a safe place, and only share with you if they want to. Explain this will stop people gaining access to/controlling their accounts.

Educate About Benefits

Alongside a whole host of danger technology brings, there is also a long list of benefits that kids could use to their advantage.

 

  • Safety – Encourage your kids to look after their technology as one day they might need it to look after them. Phones, for example, could be a handy tool if they’re in danger, allowing them to call you or emergency services. Which is why every effort should be made to look after their technology and treat it with respect. Such as buying a protective phone case, phone stands to prevent dropping it when they’re trying to watch a Youtube video, screen protectors, laptop cases and so forth. To survey the top 10 stands for cell phones, the best phone cases, and screen protectors, there’s an abundance of protective equipment you can order online.
  • Knowledge and skills – A distinct point of children having technology is the world of knowledge it opens up to your children. Also using technology is advantageous in helping them to build computer skills, which are no longer desirable but essential in most jobs today.
  • Connecting – Using the internet can be a good way for kids to keep connected with friends and family, it can also be a way of you connecting with your children, such as playing co-op games together or watching funny Youtube videos.

 

As a parent, your worries are no longer limited to looking after your children in the real world but are extended to looking after them in the digital world too. By using the tips above to educate them on the risks, you can help them avoid technology/internet pitfalls and be cautious of danger..

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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5 Reasons Why You Need a Faster Internet Connection Right Now

Many people don’t seem to realize just how important it is to have a stable internet connection. We can connect with people all over the world with the right technology and it’s incredibly important to have the right internet speeds that can help us stay in touch with our loved ones. However, our entertainment consumption is also largely focused on the internet as well. Many people have swapped from cable television to internet streaming and it’s important to have a speedy connection in order to prevent stuttering videos and slow websites.

But do you really need a faster connection if you’re happy with what you have? We believe so, and we’ve listed five reasons below to help convince you.

No one likes a stuttering internet connection, but do you really need faster speeds as well?  

  1. The more devices, the slower the speed

The more devices you have at home, the more your speeds will be cut. This is because each device will be competing for internet speeds, so if you have a friend downloading and playing video games, then your Netflix video in the living room might suffer from stuttering if your speeds aren’t fast enough.

  1. If you work from home, it’s essential to have a high-quality connection

Speeds aren’t everything, but with fast speeds usually comes reliable connections. For instance, internet offered from from Suddenlink is both high-speed and reliable because they use all of the latest technologies in order to achieve fast speeds. These latest technologies are stable, safer and much faster, resulting in vastly improved connectivity to regular broadband connections or even basic fibre optic.

  1. High-quality video streaming is becoming more and more common

To go with high-speed internet and larger televisions, content on streaming websites like Netflix, Amazon Video and even YouTube are starting to become available in 4K or higher resolutions. In order to watch that gorgeous footage, it’s important to get a faster internet connection that can handle it.

  1. More bandwidth, more usage

We also need to think about bandwidth. Most high-speed internet packages come with far more data (or even unlimited data) to help you make the most of your speeds. This gives you far more freedom than being limited to a certain amount of data each month.

  1. You’ll also get increased upload speeds

Upload speeds also come with higher download speeds, and this makes it much easier to share videos, pictures or even broadcast your own videos to the internet. Upload speeds are just as important nowadays especially since we’re more prone to sharing our lives on social media and using video calling instead of just messaging.

At the end of the day, speed isn’t everything. Having a stable internet connection is far more important than speeds (in most situations) but with high speeds, you usually get a reliable connection as well. The internet is essential to our lives and having up-to-date speeds can help you stay connected to the rest of the world, hence why we’d definitely recommend upgrading whenever you see a great deal available.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

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