The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted widespread school closures and physical distancing measures and made online platforms and communities essential to maintaining a sense of normalcy. More than 1.5 billion children and young people have been affected by school and university closures worldwide. Many of these students are now taking classes as well as socializing more online. While digital solutions provide huge opportunities for sustaining and promoting children’s rights, these same tools may also increase children’s exposure to online risks.

Digital Literacy for Children and Young Ones

The Internet and digital media can help our children learn, create, and communicate in ways that we would never have imagined in our youth.  The online world is very much part of their lives, they are “growing up digital” with technology embedded in every aspect of their lives. Digital literacy skills are key life skills for children and young people today.  They need to be media savvy and know how to effectively search for and evaluate online content; know how to protect personal information and reputation; know to respect copyright and intellectual property and know where to get help if problems arise.

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Safer Internet for Online Learning

In these times of closures and the new norm that is online learning, the responsibility of providing an infrastructure, high speed internet, gadgets etc., falls on the shoulders of the parents. And it does not stop with it. Children and young ones are exposed to technology at a very young age. Hence it is difficult for them to decide the good and bad side of the internet. Any distractions can affect their concentration levels and reduce focus on online classroom, study hours etc.

Renowned Psychologist Stella O’Malley says ‘These days eLearning and Home Schooling has meant that many children are online more than they ever were. While there may be soe advantages to this, yet there are huge temptations for children to flick onto social media while they should be attending to their online class.’

Empowering Parents to create Safer Internet.

Online learning puts a lot of responsibility on the parent, and that goes farther than schoolwork. Home-school parents have to go the extra mile to teach their children about internet safety. This can be especially beneficial since parents can monitor their children more closely than a teacher could.

iKydz is an Award-Winning Parental Control service which enables you to create a learning atmosphere across your internet infrastructure which is devoid of any distractions or interruption pertaining to social media, online gaming, instant messaging, video streaming etc. We have compiled all the e-learning platforms, online resources, study material websites into once category called ‘E-Learning’. You have the option to block access to everything on the internet except the e-learning resources.

This will help your kids to completely focus on the schoolwork and give you the confidence that they will not be distracted to any other elements of the digital world. Your internet is at the safest level you can be assured that even if there is an increase in the online usage, your kids are safe in your hands.

Internet is a vast platform with anything and everything available with few clicks. It is important to ensure that children and youngsters are exposed to only the positive entities and the internet is a safe place for them to thrive academically and psychologically. And iKydz helps you do it in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.

With iKydz award-winning internet controls you can:
• Filter content
• Schedule online access
• Block unsuitable websites and apps
• Apply restrictions to YouTube
• Block or manage access to social media channels, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Snapchat
• Manage access to online games such as Fortnite, Roblox and Minecraft.

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