The challenges of parenting have changed drastically over the years. The technological boom has facilitated the rise of a new threat called cyberbullying, which parents must now learn to navigate. One thing, however, remains timeless – our care and concern in wanting the best for our children.

In this article, we take you through 3 tips on steps you can take to protect your child from cyberbullying.

1. Maintain Open Communication.

A 2014 study conducted in Singapore found that only 3% of cyberbullying victims told their parents about their problems. This small percentage was due to, among other reasons, children’s fear of getting into trouble, and getting ignored by their parents.

Parents are important pillars of support for their children. You want your child to feel comfortable telling you about their problems so that you can work through it together with them.

Open, honest communication is the first crucial step in building strong relationships grounded in trust – so your kids can feel secure in opening up about their troubles with you. Let your children know that you are aware of this issue, and you want to know if they are going through such troubles. Reiterate that it’s okay for them to share and that they should not fear being judged by you even if it’s embarrassing to them.

The last thing you would want your child to feel is that they are being judged for their problems.

2. Monitor your Child.

Next, it’s important to keep watch over your children – observe if they have any drastic changes in mood or behaviour, for they could be indicators that they are victims of cyberbullying.

Monitoring your kids’ daily habits and technology use goes a long way in reducing the risk of them being affected by cyberbullying. Setting limits on device and social media use might seem draconian to your kids, but these restrictions ensure that they develop healthy device behaviour and lessens their chance of falling prey to bullying.

Parental control apps are very helpful in allowing you to gain peace of mind even when you’re not by your child’s side. Features such as remote locking and blocking certain applications reduces the opportunity of your child being exposed to nasty cyberbullies lurking on the internet.

3. Respond Appropriately.

Finally, it’s imperative for you as parents to learn how to respond effectively to cyberbullying. If your child tells you that he or she is being cyberbullied, don’t panic. Stay calm and assuring, and methodically work out a plan of action as to what to do next.

In fact, when faced with cyberbullying, the best response is no response. Your child should immediately block the bully on the platforms that he or she is being bullied on, to put a halt to further communication.  

Furthermore, should you have a close relationship with your child’s teacher, it may be useful to let the teacher know of the situation, so he or she can manage your child’s emotions and provide any insight to happenings at school. It also may be useful to save copies of all harassing messages your child has received to share with relevant parties, if needed.

As parents, it’s natural to want to protect your child’s safety and well-being. That said, the environment that your children are growing up in is very different to the one you were witness to. Thus, it’s crucial to keep updated with the changing threats that our children may face, to ensure that they lead a happy and healthy childhood.

Your kids’ favourite cartoon characters are causing nightmares.

Mickey Mouse shooting himself.

Peppa Pig getting tortured at the dentist.

Elsa getting hit by a train and chopping her fingers off.

These are some scenes your kids may come across while they stream seemingly innocent videos online. You may wonder when did cartoon animations become so distressing to watch?

They didn’t. At least, not the original ones.

These disturbing scenes were from knock-off animations that were created and uploaded on YouTube Kids. Titles containing children’s favourite cartoon characters were used, baiting unsuspecting kids to click on these videos.

So, What Is YouTube Kids?

As YouTube is meant for children aged 13 and above, YouTube Kids, a child-friendly video-sharing app was specifically designed for kids. Released in 2015, YouTube Kids boasts a kid-friendly design and promised a safer platform for child-appropriate entertainment, so parents can be more at ease knowing that their kids are not exposed to countless videos with possibly harmful content on YouTube’s main site.

To further assure parents, parental controls settings are available in the application itself.

However, even though YouTube Kids was meant for kids, is it really a refuge from inappropriate videos?

The Dark Side of YouTube Kids.

Just 2 months after YouTube Kids’ release, there was a public outcry about the types of videos (warning: disturbing images) YouTube Kids were allowing on their platforms – which includes use of explicit sexual language and visuals, presence of unsafe behaviour and discussions on graphic adult topics about family violence, pornography and child suicide. It resulted in a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission.

These videos has led to dire consequences.

A pediatrician reported more kids going to her with issues like self-harm and suicide attempts – with many of them citing YouTube as a platform used to learn these behaviours. Medical experts also warned that YouTube is a growing source of anxiety and inappropriate behaviour in kids, as well as how it is affecting the child’s ability to make conscious choices.

What’s more distressing was the discovery that pedophiles hide in plain sight behind their screens and posts hundreds of thousands of sexually suggestive comments on videos of kids doing innocent activities such as yoga or dance.

Here’s How You Can Protect Your Kids.

#1: Use YouTube Kids Parental Control Settings.

When you first download YouTube Kids, set a 4-digit password to access the parental control settings. You can then customize the content your kids can access by blocking unwanted content and allowing approved content only. A time limit can also be set, such that the app will be locked after the time limit has been exceeded.

You can also turn the “Search” function off so your kids are limited to only watch from a set of channels that are pre-verified by YouTube Kids.

#2: Be Present.

This could possibly be the most important thing you have to do.

Despite the parental control features, YouTube still relies on algorithms – this means that videos will still be recommended based on viewing history. Because YouTube does not manually review videos, parents have to flag videos deemed inappropriate for kids and only it gets flagged, it will then be blocked from YouTube Kids.

(Source: Screenshots from YouTube Kids Application)

This means that someone must spot the problem content first before it will be taken off the app – putting your kids at risk of such inappropriate content. Therefore, it is crucial to be with your kids while they stream videos – because what may seem like a 12 minutes video of nursery rhymes with Peppa Pig can turn into violent content within the first 3 minutes.

#3: Use Third-Party Tools.

Kids these days may easily work pass all the YouTube Kids’ security features and undo all the preset parental controls.

But do not worry, there are third-party parental control apps (Android and iOS) available to help. Set time periods where your kids can use their devices, so you can ensure that your kids will not be using YouTube Kids without you beside them! You can even block other applications in that you think may contain harmful content (subject to your device’s technical specifications).

The plano app goes beyond and helps kids protect their vision with features like maintaining healthy face-to-screen detection and good posture monitoring.

The best part? It rewards kids for their good behaviour! When kids practice good eye care habits, points can be earned and redeemed for some healthy and enriching activities for the entire family!

#4: Find Other Alternatives.

Other than YouTube Kids, there are other video streaming apps suitable for kids in the market. Some of these apps have tighter curation and stricter parental controls. For example, Disney Now only has Disney approved shows, which are kid-appropriate.

Play Your Part.

As YouTube works towards creating a safer platform, it is important to know that as parents, we can also do our part.

Let’s stop these harmful content from infiltrating to our kids. Remember the tips we share above and let’s help build a safer online community for all our kids!

In the last decade, technology has drastically transformed our lifestyle, the way we do business and in every other field. The education industry is no exception! The flooding of app stores with interesting educational games apps for kids of all ages make them easily accessible. Apps are even developed with the guidance of education specialists and growth experts who help develop the child’s brain, improve motor skills and problem-solving skills.

Let’s check out some of the top educational games apps that your kids can enjoy and benefit from:

1. ClassDojo

This app comes under the category of virtual classroom learning apps. It is an interactive app allowing students, teachers, and parents to communicate easily. Kids find it helpful to reach out to their teachers regarding assignments or school work and parents have a close watch over the kids to keep updated. Communication is smooth, and the student-teacher or the teacher-parent relationship is excellent. The purpose of this app is to help kids to learn and develop the required skills in a healthy way.

2. DragonBox

Loaded with fun games and activities, this app teaches fundamental math. Against all beliefs that math is boring, this app makes it interesting and fun all the way! The DragonBox series consists of 5 learning apps which includes algebra, geometry, and general math. Parents should try to involve their children in learning math while they are young. Learning the simple concepts of mathematics at a young age encourages the child to explore more and master math easily.

3. Duolingo

Duolingo app is a fun way your child can learn a language. This application gives you the option of choosing any language you want your child to learn. It offers kids an array of languages which include English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Irish, Dutch, Danish and more. It’s a game where parents and kids can interact, laugh, talk and have fun while learning languages.

4. Science360

This educational app built for the tablet showcases videos and information on advanced science, engineering, and updated technologies. Science360 is created by the National Science Foundation, and the content source is from scientists and experts from leading universities in the world. The content is regularly updated, authentic and of high-quality. Kids love to explore this app as the images are in 3D from every angle.

5. My Molecularium

The fun application for high school students designed to educate and at the same time entertain them with interesting information, specifically, core concepts of chemistry. The app was created with a focus on students to learn and study with a fresh mind. You can learn chemical formulas, skeletal formulas and molecular structures on the interactive app.

6. plano

plano is a powerful Child Device Management and Parental Lock App designed to help manage smart devices usage in kids.

The plano app also has built-in, educational games for your kids. There are a memory game and recognition game that help the child sharpen his memory and recognition skills.


Mobile apps offer innumerable benefits to develop the overall skills of the kids. As children are drawn to the mobile phone all the time, we might as well introduce them to effective educational apps to learn and develop their skills through mobile usage. Just remember to always practice healthy device habits when you or your kids are using them.

1. Sleeping with your phone can cause cancer.

Not true!

Although the World Health Organisation (WHO) has concluded that the radiofrequency (RF) radiation emitted from your mobile phones is harmless, this does not rule out potential health implications completely. For now, we can take comfort in knowing there is currently no conclusive evidence that RD radiation causes any form of cancer in humans.

While more research needs to identify potential health implications, exercise caution and try to place it away from your bed!

2. Charging your phone overnight may cause it to explode.

Again, not true!

Charging your phone overnight is fine because modern smartphones are designed to stop taking in more current than necessary. The danger is only present when you charge it under your pillow. In 2017, the Newton NH Fire Department released a public announcement to caution against charging devices while sleeping, as the heat generated by the charger cannot be dissipated.

Moral of the story? Just avoid charging any devices under your pillow.

3. You can get injured from a lightning strike while using your phone in the rain.

Not true!

Statistics and physics do not suggest a correlation. The insignificant amount of metal in a mobile phone in contrast to the plastic/glass exterior makes it unlikely for a mobile phone to channel the path of the current from a lightning strike through the body.

4. Your eyesight will worsen in low light usage.

This one’s true!

Night modes (blue light filters) reduce the effect of blue light which we are exposed to in the day by replacing the blue light with a warmer colour, and thus reducing the strain on our eyes. While the science behind night modes suggests an improvement in sleep and reduction in myopia risk, a study found that switching to night mode before bedtime alone is insufficient to reduce or address myopia-related risk factors.

Instead, it is encouraged we limit our mobile phone usage and set a digital curfew at least 30 mins before bedtime.

For the parent, one easy solution is to install our parental control app – plano!

The app comes with features like ‘Device Schedule’ where you can set device-free timings for your children, and ‘Push Alerts’ to receive notifications when it is time to stop your children’s device use.

As a parent, you may have thought about how best to provide for your child. Raising a healthy child is one of the most challenging jobs a parent can have, yet rewarding at the same time. No matter what your parenting style may be, taking care of your child’s eyesight is important!

Cultivating healthy device habits might be difficult, especially for a generation of children where smart devices are everywhere. The best move might be to make learning engaging and interactive so that our children are receptive to the lesson, and taking care of their eyes is something they do because they find it fun and enjoyable.

The Plano Adventures series are a fun early chapter books on the exciting adventures of Professor Plano as he defeats Lord Myopic with the help of his adorable twin sidekicks. The stories from this series are based on scientific research and were written specially to empower young readers to tackle the adverse effects of excessive device use.

Here is Professor Plano’s Clear Vision Recipe that will help protect your child’s eyesight:

1. Scoops of Good Distance.

Teach your children to hold their devices or books at least 30cm from their eyes. You can demonstrate the action of holding a device 30cm away to help your children understand better!

2. Dashes of Eye Breaks.

Your children should take a break after 30 minutes on their devices or books! Excessive duration spent on their devices or books increases the risk of myopia. During their break, kids should look out into the distance.

3. Heaps of Time Outdoors.

Make sure your children spend at least 2 hours outdoors every day! Although this is hard to achieve for children, especially with huge amounts of homework from school, share with them the importance of outdoor activities and encourage them to do so.

The Series.

Every book from the series is exciting and fun through the incorporation of Professor Plano’s Clear Vision Recipe that you have to use to foil an evil character’s plans. You can get The Plano Adventures series on Amazon & Book Depository.

In the past few weeks, I’ve received emails from “Apple” notifying me that I have not verified my account, calls from a local number warning me to verify my bank details and text messages from banks requesting me to provide my Internet banking details. While all these seemed convincing to me, they were, in fact, all fraudulent termed as ‘phish’.

Scammers use phishing in an attempt to obtain personal and sensitive information like banking details, usernames or passwords, and credit card details. It is often disguised in the form of emails, calls, text messages or other communication channels.

EMAILS.

1. Look out for generic salutations

For emails, starting off with generic salutations like ‘Dear customer’ or ‘Dear (company) member’ or ‘Dear valued member’ suggests it may be a phishing email because scammers often mass send emails. Legitimate companies usually include your names in emails.

2. Or emails urgently requesting for your information

If the email text immediately starts with an urgent message for action, like: ‘This email was sent to verify your account details’, that’s a red flag. Scammers often employ the fear tactic to pressure you into providing your confidential information.

3. Close but not close enough? Mismatch of details

Closely check if the sender’s email address is the same as the company’s official email address. The sender’s email address may differ from the company’s by a symbol.

CALLS.

1. Automated phone calls

Currently, scammers have introduced automated phone calls and they could be from unknown numbers claiming to be a certain organisation. In no circumstance will banking companies ask for your confidential information like PIN numbers over the phone.

2. Aggressive calls

Phishers may threaten you into giving your confidential details with the police or penalties. If so, hang up and check with the relevant organisations of any possible issues.

TEXT MESSAGES.

1. Be suspicious of unfamiliar numbers

You should be suspicious of messages sent from odd-looking numbers like ‘1000’. Scammers often use email-to-text services to disguise themselves.

2. Be wary of URLs and contact numbers

If you have received messages containing URLs, ensure that those URLs are accurate. If in doubt, open your browser and type the official website and clarify.

If there is a number listed to call in the text message, match it with the relevant company’s number. Similarly, if unsure, call the company’s official number to clarify.

HOW TO PREVENT:

You can avoid being a victim if you keep in mind the tips below.

1. Regularly check your accounts.

It doesn’t harm to check your online accounts on a regular basis. To prevent bank phishing, checking your account periodically ensures you are updated of any potentially fraudulent or irregular activity.

2. Install anti-virus software in your devices.

Anti-virus software helps to protect against phishing scams, ransomware and all other types of viruses and malware. TechRadar has compiled the best anti-virus software here.

3. Think before clicking!

If you have the slightest doubt, don’t push it away. Contact the relevant companies to clarify any doubts.

Parenting is tough. Parenting in this digital-age is tougher.

With the countless benefits brought by the digital age, how can parents help their kids to switch “off” when it’s time to?

Here are some measures that you can take to curb their smartphone addiction:

1. Set hard rules.

Say “No” when your kids ask for devices. Or if your kids own their own phones, you can put in place a strict smartphone policy right from the start – such as no smartphones on the dining table or they have to hand over their phones to you before sleeping.

2. Control their usage.

Enforce limits on their usage. For example, you can make a condition with them whereby they can only use it for a certain amount of time a day. You can also set boundaries on what they can do on their smartphones to ensure they are not exposed to harmful content online.

3. Use Parental Control functions on their phone.

Use parental control functions in smartphones (Android and iOS) that helps parents control what apps their kids can download, content-blocking and limit their screen time.

Falling on deaf ears? Strike a balance.

However, controlling is a very traditional way of parenting, and it will fall on deaf ears for kids today. Kids now respond better to positive reinforcement, so instead of controlling, try these:

1. Social reinforcement.

Compliment your kids when they practice good eye care habits and encourage them by bringing them outdoors to play and be with them through this journey of eye care.

2. Point system.

Start a point system whereby your kids will get stickers when they stick to good eye care habits. They can then change the stickers for something they want. This way, they’ll strive towards good eye care habits.

3. Tangible rewards.

Motivate your kids by showing them what they can get if they follow good eye care habits such as a trip to the zoo.

Besides doing these yourself, our parental control app that does all this for you! Kids on this app get points when they practice good eye care habits, where they can trade for rewards. (positive reinforcement!) Another way to get our kids away from their phones can be by piquing their interest in books. Here are some books with quality content and visuals that also promotes good eye care habits.

When kids get these compliments and rewards for practicing good eye care habits, they feel recognized for their efforts and will feel empowered to continue keeping up with their good behaviour, leading to a virtuous cycle.

By encouraging your kids to cultivate good eye care habits and rewarding them, it will create a feedback loop that ultimately encourages them to make it a lifelong habit. And this is definitely better than just controlling them.

We were not born with a need for social media, but we do have a universal need to maintain our self-esteem at the same level or, preferably, to increase it. The link between social media usage and the decrease in self-esteem draws attention to how we have allowed social media to determine our value.

Studies have revealed that social media has a negative impact on our children’s self-esteem. The usage of social media has led to symptoms of depression and anxiety. While everyone has their reasons for using social media, it is no doubt that children are getting addicted to social media.

These are some of the commonly known social media platforms:

  • Facebook
  • Youtube
  • Instagram
  • Tumblr

Here is how social media can affect your child’s self-esteem.

1. Unattainable perfection.

With the constant line of aesthetic photos and videos appearing on your children’s Instagram feeds, this finds them falling into the trap of comparison. Your children may wonder: “Why doesn’t my life look like hers? How does she balance her social and school life? I can’t seem to do it”.

Perhaps Steven Furtick summed this up perfectly: The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.

Your children may be unaware that most people only present their ‘best selves’ online, and as a result, they place similar expectations on their personal lives and when they do not achieve it, they feel a lack of worth.

2. Likes = Value.

As social creatures, we need approval. Especially in today’s society, the like button on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms dictate how people view their self-worth. Even for children, their worth is dependent on the number of likes they get. Self-esteem begins when our children are young, and develops over time. It is natural to want ‘likes’, but it is first important that your child is comfortable in his or her value.

Perhaps Instagram’s latest feature of hiding personal likes can curb our society’s obsession of the link between ‘likes’ and personal worth. For now, helping your child to nurture a healthy self-esteem will prevent their obsession with ‘likes’.

3. Fake it till you make it.

Our social media profiles have now become an extension of our identity, taking away our realities. A study has shown that only more than a quarter of men and women exaggerate or fake their lives on social media.

We feel the need of posting fictional perfect lives because we believe our real lives are not interesting. Similarly, it is natural to want ‘likes’, but if your child is trading his or her life for a fictional one, his or her self-esteem will suffer as a result.

With that, social media can be a good tool, if used moderately. The higher your child’s obsession with social media, the higher the likelihood your child will feel a lack of self-esteem.

So what’s important is to educate our children on what is worth valuing their self-esteems by – themselves.

The internet can be a vast and unknown place for your children.

Kids in Singapore are already accessing social media platforms before they begin primary education. They are susceptible to at least one cyber-risk, from cyberbullying to video game addiction, to offline meetings, and to online sexual behavior. Fortunately, on the same internet, you can acquire the knowledge to equip your children to face the digital world safely.

Here are 5 tips on how you can keep your children safe!

1.  Educate yourself

Before discussing Internet safety with your children, it is important to be familiar with the various social networking sites they are exposed to.

All social networking sites have different risks. Whenever your child authorizes an application through Facebook, it gives information to third parties about him or her. Instagram’s location tagging allows users to share their location with their image.

Here are some commonly used social networking sites:

Social networks

These are sites that allow individuals to set up a profile and connect with friends or strangers, depending on their privacy settings.

Instagram

This is a social media application that users commonly access with the mobile phone, to share photos, videos from their lives. Users can add captions, edit filters, tweak settings, engage with others through personal messages.

Facebook

On Facebook, not only can users share photos or videos, but they can also be part of groups and pages, post status updates, check in their locations, share extensive videos, multiple links, and the list goes on. Essentially, Facebook is more catered towards networking with people.

Snapchat

The main concept of Snapchat is that any picture or video or message you send – by default – is made available to the receiver for only a short time before it becomes inaccessible.

Twitter

Twitter is an online micro-blogging social networking site that allows users to ‘tweet’ messages with a limit of 280 characters. Tweeting is posting short messages for anyone who follows you on Twitter, and you can also ‘retweet’ (share) other tweets and like them.

Blogging sites.

These are sites for individual or group users to record their opinion, information on a regular basis.

Blogger/Wordpress

The type of content may differ depending on the purpose of the individual or group, but both Blogger and WordPress are similar in which content is presented in reverse chronological order (newer content appear first).

Tumblr

Tumblr is another site that can be considered a microblogging platform, similar to Twitter rather than WordPress or Blogger. Unlike WordPress and Blogger, Tumblr focuses more on imagery than it does on words.

Media sharing.

These are sites for individuals to post various media like videos and pictures and allows other users to comment.

Youtube

This is a video-sharing platform where there is a myriad of content, ranging from documentaries to videos of ants. Although Youtube has added parental controls to their platform, these controls are not foolproof.

Flickr

Unlike Facebook and Instagram, Flickr is mainly a photo-hosting and video-sharing site built for professional photographers and photography enthusiasts to display their work.

Instant messaging.

Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Telegram are instant messaging systems to individuals or groups at one go over the Internet. Users can send text, videos, audio messages, and pictures.

2. Inform your children about the risks.

The internet poses potential risks for your children with them exposed to a network of engaging and harmful content from a young age. With a rise in children’s consumption of the Internet, it is vital to educate your children on the risks of the Internet.

Here are some of the risks:

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying takes place through messaging, social media platforms, online games, or forums in which people are able to view and participate in. Cyberbullying uses technology to harass, threaten, embarrass or target another person.

These are tips to recognise and protect your child from cyberbullying.

Phishing

Phishing is an attempt to retrieve personal information from a target by disguising oneself as a legitimate entity. These attempts can take in the form of emails, calls, or messages.

These are tips on how to spot a phishing attempt.

Sharing personal information online

It may be entertaining to share your lives on social media platforms, but sharing your location exposes your whereabouts which usually appears on your posts in real-time.

Sharing about unnecessary information on sites like your mobile number or house address can give potential hackers the information required for identity theft.

These are signs of sharing too much of your personal information online.

3. Be supportive

Let’s face it, an age limit on any site will not prevent your children from registering an account. Instead of banning social media completely, have a talk with them about what they do online.

If your child has done something online that is inappropriate, have a discussion with him or her about why it is inappropriate. In any relationship, communication is key. By building a culture of open communication at home, your children will most likely confide in you if they encounter any problems online in the future.

4. Set an example

As a parent, we are the role models for our children’s habits. If you have set rules for them to stop using the Internet at bedtime, do the same too. Keeping by the rules you have set for your children will set a positive example for them.

5. Install our parental control app, plano

For the busy parent, keeping an eye on your child’s online behaviour 24/7 is impossible. Take the extra mile of ensuring your child’s safety by using our parental control app, plano! Wherever you are, you can have a peace of mind knowing your kids are safe online.

The plano app provides features like ‘Push Alerts’ in which you can receive alerts when it’s time to stop your children’s device use.

The Internet is an escape from reality and an entrance to the virtual world for many of us. Including our kids.

As parents, it is inevitable that our kids will have access to the internet and everything it offers. As they continue to delve deeper into the depths of the internet, you may realize they start to spend more time on the net and lose interest in the activities they used to love, sacrifice sleep to play games online and have more virtual friends than real life friends.

This is when you might suspect that your kids are addicted to the internet.

Why is the internet so irresistible?

There are various reasons as to why the internet gets many addicted followers, but here are a few reasons, broken down to ABCs:

Accessible

The internet is everywhere.

With Wi-Fi available everywhere, the internet is easily accessible by anyone and everyone. You simply need a device, such as a smartphone or a laptop, to log on and you will be able to access the Internet.

Survey has found that one in four children under the age of six has a smartphone – showing the accessibility of the internet. Parents also admitted that they use smartphones as a way to distract their children and keep them quiet so they can focus on their other tasks on hand.

Boredom

A simple search on Google will return countless results on what you can do when you are bored. From interesting videos to engaging games, the internet provides a wide variety of entertainment options for kids.

The internet provides almost instant gratification, and kids will find themselves getting more and more absorbed into the world of the Internet that gives them what they seek.

But why are children getting bored so easily? It is actually a vicious cycle. Once children get introduced to the internet and the virtual world, they compare it to real life – and finds everyday life boring. This urges them to return back to the virtual world, continuing the vicious cycle.

Constant communication

Ask a kid if they know what is Whatsapp, Snapchat and Instagram.

The chances of them knowing one, or maybe even all, of these applications, are high. There is a high prevalence of digital communication applications and social media platforms that allows kids to keep in contact with their friends.

Kids these days experience this phenomenon known as FOMO, which means “Fear Of Missing Out”. They can not stand not being in the loop of the latest happenings and hence, feels the constant need to be in constant communication with their friends and other outlets such as a company’s Facebook Group or Instagram.

Is it all bad?

I am sure we heard a lot of negative effects on children using the internet. Same examples include sleep deprivation, depression, and social isolation. But do not worry, read on and you may find some relief that there is a positive side to the internet.

A few of the positive effects include being able to be in contact with long-distance friends or relatives and it is also a first step to making friends for those who may have social anxiety.

Additionally, with the rapid advancement of technology, jobs in the future are likely to be heavily dependant on technology – so there is no harm being comfortable with technology early right?

Control and Cultivate.

Despite the perks it brings, the internet is still a highly addictive place and if there is no proper guidance given to innocent kids, they may not know what they are getting into.

As parents, it is paramount that you can start by controlling their internet usage by setting time limits and slowly cultivate smart internet use such as knowing when they should stop using the internet.

To do that, you can try plano (iOS and Android), a science-based parental control app that not only helps you control and cultivate healthy internet use but also keeps your child’s eyes healthy!