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Dan Dunkin is a professional writer and devoted father to 2 teenagers. Dan has a 30-year editorial career winning numerous writing awards.
July 24, 2012Net Nanny for Android 2.0
May 07, 2017
Are you a single parent? First of all, being a single parent isn’t easy so take a deep breath and pat yourself on the back.
Single parents often do quadruple duty. In the process, time is an enemy as much as a friend and it really does take a village to make sure kids are safe and have their needs met.
If you’re like me, you are grateful to have time with your kids and want to make the most of it before the ex-spouse gets their turn again. Since going through a divorce, you truly realize that time is fleeting and memories fade. As a juggler of work and single parenting, any number of multi-tasking scenarios can happen in a given day.
The cell phone rings and you’ve got to put out a fire at work. Meanwhile, the hamburgers are smoking and your son yells from the living room to come check out his new video sports game, all this while your daughter asks if she can discuss the high school clique ignoring her. I get it.
Your daughter is already complaining that your son will milk his screen time by playing a war game with an online friend. You may find yourself giving into more screen time than you care to admit or find yourself worrying about what they are actually doing online.
Just don’t let a parental lapse in providing your kids internet protection be one of them. Without two sets of parental eyes in one house, it makes it especially important for a single parent to have the 24/7/365 set of parental controls.
A national survey reported on welivesecurity.com showed parents’ biggest concerns regarding their child’s internet, smartphone or tablet was visiting inappropriate web pages (81%). Second most concerning (71%) was their kids giving their personal information to strangers online.
This is where a lot of trouble for children on the internet begins and statistics from the Pew Research Center show 41 percent of teens who use social media have had at least one negative outcome from using a social networking site.
When you consider that 60 percent of adults (according to a Pew poll) think parents should have full control over everything a child does online, it makes the need for parental control software all the more important. It’s a big enough challenge for a two-parent household to monitor their kids’ internet use without controls.
Accidental exposure to pornography, the dark side of a chat room, deceptive email, and bullying from a social media site are all possibilities on the information superhighway. Without using parental controls, there is a large wide-open road with plenty of wreckage.
Even an on-top-of-everything single parent still has kids using the computer alone, and even if the child has been well-taught about the dangers, they can still go places they should not. Your house should be a fortress of protection, but today’s world requires more layers.