6 Questions Every Parent Should Be Asking

Modern Parenting Tips
April 10, 2021
4 min read
  1. Who is my child interacting with online?
  2. Is my child posting anything that they will later regret?
  3. What does my child search the internet for?
  4. How will I know if my child is being cyberbullied?
  5. When is my child spending the most time on social media?
  6. Is my child’s online activity affecting their mental health?

When allowing your children to make social media accounts, you may have some questions or concerns about the best practices when building healthy online habits. Cyber Dive was created to soothe any fears and provide parents with the necessary tools and information to parent confidently in the digital age. We know your child’s safety and wellbeing are top priorities and we aim to help create a safe and positive online environment for them as they learn the ins and outs of social media.

Who is my child interacting with online?

The internet has opened up an entirely new world of communication and connection. It can be a great way to learn about people from different backgrounds, cultures and belief systems in order to better understand the perspectives and ideas of those we are not physically surrounded by. During times of social distancing, the internet has kept us connected with loved ones through video calls, social media posts and direct messaging. However, this does not mean there are not any dangers, especially with young children.

Online predators are very active on social media and children can easily put themselves at risk without even realizing it. When building healthy online habits, who your child adds as a ‘friend’ is very important. This is why Cyber Dive created the Friends widget.

This feature includes:

  • Complete list of all of your child’s friends on connected social accounts in the order of who they interact with most
  • Snapchat ‘best friends’ are highlighted with
  • New Friends: accounts your child has followed who has also followed them back in the past 7 days
  • New Following: accounts your child has followed in the past 7 days
  • You are able to click on every account and view username, profile photo, bio and (if public) their posts.

Is my child posting anything that they will later regret?

Having a positive online reputation is something that older generations never gave much thought to. With the growth of social media, it is something Gen Z will have to be very conscious of. Every post, caption, comment and even private message can be traced back to them. They must be prepared to take responsibility for their online actions. You can encourage them to post with intention and omit personal information or anything they would not be proud of, but at a young age, there may be instances where they simply forget or aren’t able to realize the potential consequences. This is where parents can benefit from Cyber Dive’s Posts widget.

This feature includes:

  • Updated feed of everything your child posts on connected social accounts, including posts they are tagged in
  • Includes the caption and comments on each post
  • Every post your child is tagged in

What does my child search the internet for?

Google and other search engines can be great resources for people of all ages. Whether you are searching for your favorite recipe, the phone number to a local clothing store, favorite celebrities’ family tree or in need of some parenting tips, the internet is everyone’s go-to. Kids are no different. They grew up having access to the answers to every question, right at their fingertips. So, how can we blame them for turning to the internet every time they have a curiosity or new thought; it’s practically human nature.

As a parent, you can encourage them to stay curious and utilize online resources while also making them feel comfortable enough to come to you with their questions and concerns. Cyber Dive’s Searches widget was designed to keep parents informed about the online searches their child is making.

This feature includes:

  • All Google searches
  • Accounts, hashtags or names they search for on Instagram
  • Searches made within the Snapchat app

How will I know if my child is being cyberbullied?

Cyberbullying affects more than 50% of adolescents and teens. Not to mention, less than half of these victims inform a parent or guardian that they are being bullied online, making this a very valid concern for parents. If your child has experienced bullying whether it was physical, verbal or through social media, you know how detrimental this can be on their mental health. It is common that your child will keep this information to themselves because they are embarrassed, scared or confused and are unable to see the value in getting help.

A parent’s involvement is often necessary to intervene and provide support to your child during these times. Cyber Dive’s Alerts widget was created to inform parents of any type of content that could potentially be concerning and require some extra attention from you. We present these Alerts unbiasedly so that you can apply your own parenting style and approach.

This feature includes:

  • Activity that includes concerning words, acronyms or phrases found in private messages sent and received, captions, comments or searches.

When is my child spending the most time on social media?

Many parents are often concerned with how much time their child is spending on their digital devices in case it is affecting their ability to focus in school or get a sufficient amount of sleep at night. Cyber Dive was created for the modern parent who is not interested in necessarily restricting their child’s access but teaching them to make responsible decisions when using technology and social media. Cyber Dive’s Frequency widget was designed to give parents a better idea as to when and how active their child is online.

This feature includes:

  • Graph showing how many actions are taken each day (can be filtered by past week, month or three months)
  • Child’s most active day of the past week, month and three months
  • Total actions are taken on each platform over the past week

Is my child’s online activity affecting their mental health?

Your child’s intentions when using social media and the experiences they have online can have both a positive and negative effect on their mental health. This can be a reflection of content they are posting, interactions they are having with others online and the content they are scrolling past. Consistently checking in with your child is a great practice but having some data to back it up can be comforting too. Cyber Dive’s Vibes feature was designed for on-the-go parents who want to get a quick rundown of their child’s overall online activity.

This feature includes:

  • Meter measuring all analyzed data from negative to neutral to positive

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