A recent study by cybersecurity company Kaspersky found that 23 percent of parents in Saudi Arabia are unaware of the online media their children consume. Parents in this day and age have to constantly educate themselves to understand what their children are up to and the trends they follow.
According to the survey, 76 percent of children consume vlog content. Of this amount, 71 percent watch content on games and toys, 41 percent watch computer gaming vlogs, 39 percent watch movie content and 37 percent view music-related material.
Rafa Saeedi, a working mother of three, cautioned against monitoring children too closely. “You cannot be a hawk all the time; sometimes my kids would lock themselves in their rooms and watch YouTube where I don’t have access to them. Sometimes the same channel that has children’s cartoons will also upload material that is inappropriate even for adults. When this happens, I have to report them constantly,” she said.
She added that she found different means of monitoring her children, such as using the same iCloud account where she can view their search history.
Some mothers suggested using parental controls on apps to filter and block inappropriate content and set time limits on how long children can stay online.