Ever since Tori Comot last weekend claimed online that underage pikins at Chrisland school were filming with a mobile device while engaging in alleged sexual abuse, the comments don’t fly and on Wetin Pesin go im doing to keep Pikins safe for this technological age.
BBC Pidgin is following tok experts for advice to help parents monitor dia pikins activity on Mobil devices and keep children safe online.
Taiwo Ogunlade wey be tok tok pesin for Google says they are creating an app they call family link to help parents monitor di pikins activities online.
When parents link the phones, block them or allow certain content to enter the pikins phones or not. I will make sure parents know that Kain content is on the pikins they watch.
You can use di app block porn sites and oda unwanted content. Parents can use and determine the duration of use of the device.
It means to say that the parents are able to make the pikin device turn off when the allotted time is over.
How you match pair your pikin mobile device to yours
- Create a Gmail account for di pikin wit im real age.
- Install Google Family Link for parent phone.
- Add a di pikin registered Gmail ID to your Google family link.
- Use the di pikin email id to log into the di pikin device and activate it. Your phone will get a notification to let them activate the pikin phone.
They can start using the phone, but they can’t access adult sites with the phone.
We also offer ODA tips to help parents supervise ODA devices for children. They understand :
- Keep the computer for a central place, so you will adapt the monitor to what I use it.
- Follow them searching the internet when they need it. No, always allow them to do it alone.
- Report sites where you don’t want to give them access. Almost all apps and sites get a button to use flag boxes.
- Make sure you put passwords and don’t give dia passwords.
- Always talk with your pikins, also let them know that they should not share personal information with strangers they meet online.
Tips on how you fit to monitor your pikin mobile devices
BBC Pidgin Essential with expert and children’s trainer Dr Maymunah Kadiri to highlight various ways to monitor dia pikins wen dem dey activity online.
Dr Maymunah who is also a mental health doctor and physiotherapist says once you don’t put the family link you are going to get notifications when they want to access the wrong sites let’s say na so she does his with his children.
Other tips she gives include
- Put a child protection on your cable television. Wit dis dem no fit access for adults and restricted content.
- Put child protection on for your online accounts like Netflix and YouTube
- Control dia access to internet data and Wi-Fi.
- Make schools control all mobile devices they carry to school, especially those they live for hostel.
- Watch what your pikins are doing after the lights go out at night as some of these rooms have dia devices and keep using them after the lights go out.
- Use whatsapp web to connect dia chats, it will help you to know the good friends they keep.
‘Best age for kids to get phones at 13’
Dr Maymunah says the best age for pikins to start handling phones under parental supervision is 13 years old.
She says most online and cable child protection buttons set the age for di pikins at 13.
“Di koko be said since the corona virus comes and goes pikins are now forced to use phones for school purposes we can’t go back to the old days but parents and schools suppose to take charge , no passive dey, oversee how di pikins dey manage di devices “na wetin Dr Maymunah tok.
Make parents and schools hire a computer expert to clean up dia pikins gadgets because some of them download and hide bad content inside dia devices.
Some of these pikins look, hear or read and cause brain damage in them and they grow with them.
Dr Maymunah says “kids these days are smarter, more curious, they go google and find ways to get around that child control button you put on”.
She says kids will protest, but make you hold on. “They are fast and furious, they sabi times 20 of what we know, they are more creative and restless” na so di doctor tok.
She says most importantly, make any strategy you want to follow sustainable. Don’t make today stop tomorrow.
According to her, schools are supposed to find a way to monitor the devices that students bring to school. Say some of them feel free to access negative dose sites when they are at school.