Everyone has their own style of parenting, you can’t judge someone neither can always teach. What every parent wants for their child is safety, education, and growth but in this Digital age is it possible to keep a tab on everything? We worry about our kid when he/she is not in front of our eyes but is he/she safe in front of you?
Here’s a story shared by a Dad (who’s the owner of Lattu Kids) which will make you question about your child’s safety!
“Last Friday, I was catching up with one of my friends at his house, the kids were upto their shenanigans in the room or so.
After a couple of hours of chatting up I went into peek a boo, the TV was on, the kids were lying on the bed. There were three of them, one of them being mine, a six-year-old. My friends nine-year-old was lying on the bed and had a Mac book in her hand, it was really not clear how she was operating it.
When I entered the room, she asked me “Uncle, is Tanveer scared of injections?”. The question rattled me a little, so i thought to myself ‘why would she ask me and what was she upto’.
Tanveer my son was restless and was pacing around the bed as she kept giggling. I sensed that the girl was watching something around injections, so I asked her to show me what she was watching. At first, she refused and started closing the laptop, on a repeated attempt, she showed me what it was! A Spanish video on youtube with a mother holding her child and they were at the doctor’s for a vaccination, the girl kept crying out loud.
I was really taken aback! You can get a glimpse here.
These instances get you thinking, what can you do to protect kids from exposure to such content pieces? They are neither entertaining nor are they educating, just attention-grabbing. It also raises a lot of responsibility on parents, in terms of how do they monitor kids content watching habits. Are they really getting attracted to content that’s being suggested on youtube?
Here’s another video that came in to the inbox of one of my colleague.
It’s an app that scares kids. With most parents looking at mobile devices to do the role of caretakers, the situation is not going to get better any soon if we as parents don’t seek a better alternative. The only way out of deteriorating state of affairs is when parents and content creators come together in one ecosystem, parents consciously should say NO to all content that’s damaging to the kids innocent minds. Platforms that create content should be conscious of the content that they put out for consumption – is it safe for kids? Is it age appropriate? does it add any value to kids growing years? – these are some questions that I personally ask myself every day before putting any content on Lattu Kids (A safe video destination for kids, to experience a smarter way of learning).
I’m really worried for all the children out there and am hopeful that we will be more conscious as parents and educate other parents who sometimes might not know the harms of an open internet.”
Your kid’s future is in your hands, ensure that you manage it to the best!