There is no getting away from the fact that life changes as you grow old. At some point, children learn about all the horrible things that happen in the world, and they also realise they’re going to have to work hard for the rest of their lives. It’s vital that parents don’t force their children to reach that stage while they are still young.
Let Your Children Enjoy Being Young For As Long As Possible
Indeed, all adults should try to shelter their loved ones and protect them from the realities of life for as long as possible. The tips and advice on this page should help readers to make the right choices and ensure their bundles of joy don’t become old before their time.
Use the Parental Lock on your Internet Browser
The last thing any parent ways is for their young child to have unrestricted access to the web. There are lots of adult websites and content you won’t want them to see until they’re much older. Also, most criminals operate using the net, and you need to keep them as far away from your loved ones as possible.
Thankfully, most internet browsers now come with parental controls, and so anyone can stop their kids viewing website intended for mature people. If your web browser doesn’t offer that feature, just switch to something like:
- Google Chrome
- Mozilla Firefox
- Microsoft Internet Explorer
We have Eban using Microsoft Edge on his PC as we can control his time allowance as well as what pages he can and can’t view from our PC’s. It also gives us a weekly round-up of what he has been browsing – mostly YouTube and Pixelmon.
Call your TV Supplier and Ask them to Lock Some Channels
In many instances, parents pay for satellite television packages that supply them with lots of adult channels and TV shows. Most of those deals will also send horror movie channels to the house, and you never want to let your children view those, even if you invested a lot of cash in a decent setup.
So, just call the Sky helpline or the customer service department of whichever TV service you use. Speak to the staff member and ask them to add a parental lock to your television. In some instances, you can do that yourself at home, but the employee will guide you through the process in a matter of minutes. Parents then have to enter a specific code if they want to watch those channels.
Never Let your Children Watch the News
If you learn nothing else from this article, please understand that the nightly news is one of the scariest programs for children. That is because, unlike the horror channels, everything the child sees is real. While you probably won’t want to block any news channels, it’s still vital that you switch over when you know the news is about to start. There are far too many wars going on at the moment, and that means there are often distressing and upsetting images and videos on those shows.
You don’t have to completely shield your children from the news, I find it best to watch it myself and then talk about it if I feel Eban will benefit from the knowledge. I know his school talk about the news, such as terror attacks, so they learn about it in a controlled way.
If you use the advice from this post, you should manage to keep your children feeling like a kid for much longer than they otherwise would have done. Lots of people say it isn’t healthy to wrap a child in cotton wool while they’re young. However, there is so much extreme content on the internet and TV these days that adults have no choice in the matter. Nobody wants to comfort their child every single night due to news-related nightmares. So, think ahead!