Happinetz – Keeping Children Safe in the Online World

by Chandra Sundeep
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Parenting has always been a challenge, and in today’s digital age, it’s become even more demanding. Our biggest enemy is an invisible creature that has cast a world wide web around us. Yes, the “Internet!” Research shows that 1 in 3 children worldwide have access to the internet.

Last summer, during my visit to my in-laws in Dehradun, a distressing incident occurred. One day, their household help rushed in, tears streaming down her face, explaining that her bank account had been completely emptied. The poor woman was distraught. After reaching out to the bank and filing numerous complaints, we discovered that it was a phishing attack. Shockingly, it turned out that her eight-year-old child, while playing games on the phone, had clicked on some “interesting” links. The poor mother had to bear the brunt of it.

She is not the only one to be entangled in the WWW.

According to a recent research by McAfee, an American computer security software firm, the US has the highest cyberbullying rate (28 percent) and high exposure to online risks, while India had the highest exposure to online risks out of any country. 59% of tweens and teens clear their browser history or omit details to escape parental scrutiny.

 

 

While the internet can be a haven for learning and open doors to the entire world, it also poses significant dangers to children. And as parents, we often struggle to safeguard them effectively. These dangers include:

  • Online predators exploiting children’s trust.
  • The pervasive threat of cyberbullying can lead to emotional distress, depression, or even self-harm.
  • The health risks associated with screen time addiction. Excessive internet usage impacts physical and mental health.
  • Concerns over data privacy, with breaches leading to identity theft, phishing, or online scams.
  • Easy access to age-inappropriate content despite parental controls, which can impact a child’s development.
  • Exposure to pornographic material, hate speech, and violent content.

 

Children are especially vulnerable. These dangers can have serious consequences on the child’s psyche and might even cause irreparable damage.

 

What can parents do to safeguard their children online?

Protecting children on the internet requires constant vigilance and adaptability. While it’s not easy, it is not impossible either. There are cyber-security measures parents can take:

  • Set up parental controls for younger kids. This would help create filters to block inappropriate content.
  • Monitor their online activities.
  • Encourage real-world activities to balance their screen time.
  • While these are fine to implement, parental controls can never be 100% effective without the child’s cooperation. It is extremely important to initiate open dialogues and educate children about online dangers.

But, the fact of the matter is that despite our best efforts, success isn’t guaranteed. Children may still fall prey to the invisible dangers of the online world.

This is where Happinetz steps in to help.

What is Happinetz?

Happinetz is a recently introduced internet safety tool designed to shield children from online hazards by:

  • Skillfully filtering out age-inappropriate content.
  • Establishing healthy internet usage schedules.
  • Tracking and monitoring browsing history.
  • Implementing strong controls and safety measures to ensure protection.

 

What are the features of Happinetz?

  • A customizable mode-centric approach catering to distinct age groups: Kid, Teen, and Parent.
  • Streamlined app and website management.
  • Tailored online schedules and access limits.
  • Internet usage insights.
  • Options to allow or deny specific website and app requests.

 

In an ideal world, a safe online environment for children would prioritize their well-being, nurturing a space for learning, creativity, and positive social interaction. In my opinion, Happinetz comes remarkably close to realizing this vision.

Embrace Happinetz, the expert ally of parents!

 

This post is a part of Happinetz – Safe Internet For Kids

 

 

 

 

 

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