Monitoring your child in the App

In this article, we learn how to monitor your child’s account.  We explain how your child’s settings can be used to support learning strategies for your child, allowing you to introduce your child to social media, in a safe and controlled manner.

What does the App do to help?

There are several features we have designed into our App to make sure content is safe, age appropriate, and under your control.

  • The ‘Closed Network’ you build prevents any external content appearing in the App. The only content visible is from friends or groups.
  • You have the option to delete and hide any message they see allowing you to screen their view with active monitoring.
  • We have created several options of how you can control your child’s view of the App to slowly introduce features as they are learning.
  • We have identfied ‘Forbidden Words’ to catch any inappropriate language sent by your child, sending it automatically to hidden.

How do I monitor my child?

‘My News’ is where your child receives all recent posts from their friends, groups and badges they have been sent. This is the main area where your child will spend their time so monitoring their account starts here.

Things to remember

  • The App is a tool and all actions you take in the App must be supported with discussions and conversations.
  • Please note it is important to build resilience in your child so there is a balance between exposure and protection.
  • Do not to be too hard on your child or their friends as this is a learning tool and they will make mistakes.

In order to explain how you can monitor your child, we have put together some common scenarios you may come across to explain what strategies you can put in place to help monitor your child’s use of the App.

Learning to Post

When you start, you may want to see how your child will use the posting features in the App, so you would like to review everything they post before it is released to their friends. In your child settings you can set ‘Post without adult review’ to off.  Every time your child posts, the message will post with hidden status.  After your review you can un-hide it to release the post.

Your view – Edit Child

Set child settings to ‘Post without adult review’ – ‘OFF’

Your child posts in the App

Your child will make posts to their closed network

Your view of Child’s ‘My News’

They will automatically be hidden until you unhide them

Your Child’s view of  ‘My News’

After you unhide them they will be visible to all friends

Not happy with your child posting images

You would rather introduce your child gently to social media and prefer them not to post images initially until you have discussed what should be avoided.  In your child’s settings, set the ‘Post images’ option to ‘OFF’. They will no longer be able to post images.

Your view – Edit Child

Set child settings to ‘Post images’ – ‘ON’

Your child can post images

The upload image button is available in their Home Page

Your view  – Edit Child

Set child settings to ‘Post images’ – ‘OFF’

Your child cannot post images

The upload image button is not available anymore

Your child is becoming anxious about likes and comments

Social media pressure is very common among young adults and then number of likes or comments can become a competition and create anxiety.  If this is something you want to avoid or temporarily protect your child from, change your child’s settings and set the ‘See reactions on Posts’ option to ‘OFF’. They will no longer be able to see likes.

Your view – Edit Child

Set child settings to ‘See reactions on post’ – ‘ON’

Comments  are available

They can post comments and react to posts

Your view – Edit Child

Set child settings to ‘See reactions on post’ – ‘OFF’

Comments are hidden

They will no longer be able to post comments or react

Your child is receiving ‘unkind’ messages

Your child needs protecting from ‘unkind’ messages and as a parent, you will need to discuss inappropriate messages with other friend’s parents.  If these conversations do not resolve the situation, you have a choice of monitoring all messages and hiding or deleting unkind ones. Alternatively, you can delete or block your child’s friend.

Your view – Edit Child

Set child settings to use App between 9AM and 5PM

Monitor your child’s ‘My News’

At 8AM, view their ‘My News’ and delete or hide messages

Send message or call Parent

Contact Parent to resolve the situation preventing escalation

Break Friendship

‘Block’ or ‘Delete’ friend if the situation cannot be resolved

Your child is sending ‘unkind’ messages

This situation may be difficult and it is important to stress parental guidance and support is the answer to solving this.  The myKIDZworld App is only a tool to facilitate this situation.  In your child settings you can set ‘Post without adult review’ to ‘OFF’.  Every time your child posts, the message will post with hidden status.  After your review you can unhide it to release the post or delete it if you feel it is inappropriate.

Your view – Edit Child

Set child settings to ‘Post without adult review’ – ‘OFF’

Monitor your child’s ‘My News’

Delete messages that are unkind or inappropriate

Monitor your child’s ‘My News’

Unhide messages that are suitable to post

Your view – Edit Child

Allow them to post without your review when their communication style improves

Your child is tired and frustrated

Too much screen time is bad for any child causing mood swings and frustration.  Social media can be a positive experience but only if used in moderation.  In the myKIDZworld App you can change your child’s settings to allow access between certain times of day and for a specified amount of time.

Example 1

Set child settings to use the App between 9AM and 5PM for 30 minutes

Example 2

Set child settings to use App anytime for 30 minutes

Example 3

Set child settings to use App between 9AM and 5PM for an unlimited amount of time

Give them a break

Temporarily block their account so they cannot login