In this day and age, there are so many different ways to consume content—and our kids are right there waiting for it all. And it’s so much harder today than it was 20 years ago. It used to be that television and video games were all there was, whereas now there are smartphones and social media content to worry about. Here’s how to navigate these murky waters and how to censor the things your child watches.
The best way to know what your kids are watching is to establish parental parameters on the various streaming platforms they use. Whether it’s Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, or TikTok, there are certain technological ways of enforcing a barrier so that they know what they’re allowed to watch and what they’re not.
All of these parental controls are great, but one of the best things you can do is develop an honest relationship with your kids. Lay down the law and trust that they’ll follow it. Ultimately, you have to understand that they may not always listen to you, but that’s actually not the point. If you start to show signs of not trusting them, this will probably backfire and they’ll rebel even harder.