As a parent, worrying about the safety of your child is a natural instinct. At the same time, it is essential for you to respect your child's privacy and foster their growing independence.
Finding the right balance between these two aspects can be a delicate task. However, by having open and honest conversations about the Namola shared location feature, you might be able to get the peace of mind you need, without jeopardising the relationship with you child.
Read more about how you can approach the shared location feature with your child without them feeling like you don't trust them.
Encouraging Open Communication
Open and honest communication lays the foundation for any healthy relationship, including the one between you and your children. Start by having an open and honest conversation with your child about the importance of safety and privacy. Listen to their perspective and concerns, allowing them to express their feelings about using features such as shared location settings. By allowing for an environment where your child feels heard and understood, you will be able to get your point across without it feeling like an order.
Tip: Show your child that they will be able to see your location too.
Setting Clear Boundaries
Establishing clear boundaries is crucial when it comes to utilising features such as location sharing. You need to work together with your child to establish guidelines that both of you are comfortable with. Involve your child in the decision-making process, allowing them to have a say in determining the extent of the location-sharing settings. This approach reinforces your child's independence while still demonstrating your concern for their safety.
Emphasising Safety and Trust
Frame the discussion about shared location settings within the context of safety rather than control. Explain to your child that these settings are in place to ensure their well-being and provide you both with peace of mind. Assure them that the location-sharing feature is not meant for constant surveillance but rather as a safety net in case of emergencies or unforeseen circumstances.
Tip: Show your child that you will be able to send an SOS on their behalf if they are in a location that seems dangerous, or if they have alerted you for help.
Take them through the Namola App
Take your child through the Namola app to ensure they know all of the features, understand its purpose, and how the app can benefit them should they be in an emergency. Show them how to log an incident through the "SOS" button, as well as how to alert you should they need you to get help on their behalf.
Tip: Show your child how to alert an SOS on behalf of your family members too. This shows that the shared location feature is about the overall safety of the family, and not about monitoring where each person is.
Shared location settings should not be a one-time conversation. Revisit the topic frequently, checking in with your child to ensure their needs and comfort levels are being met. Allow for adjustments to the agreed-upon boundaries if necessary, taking into account their evolving independence and changing circumstances. This ongoing dialogue reinforces the mutual trust and respect between you and your child.
Shared location settings can be an effective tool to ensure safety for your children. Remember, it's not about controlling your child but about nurturing a sense of security and giving your family the peace of mind everyone deserves.
Namola makes it easier than ever before to have absolute peace of mind over the safety of you and your loved ones by enhancing our live-location sharing capabilities and improving location sharing options.
We encourage you to tailor your location sharing options for each of your location sharing contacts to ensure that you and they remain safe at all times. Namola is free to use and free to download, so why would you pay for Namola Plus? Namola Plus gives you access to Armed Response and Private Medical Response anywhere you are. Download the Namola app for free here. Upgrade your plan to Namola plus, and get the first month for FREE. Simply tap the N+ tab in your app and choose a plan that suits you and the needs of your loved ones. If you have any questions about the Namola app, tap your "SOS" button and select "Test" to speak to the operator on the other end of the line. Namola Plus Plans Individual Plan (1 user) - R59 per month or R 649 per annum Couples Plan (2 users) - R 99 per month or R999 per annum Family Plan (Up to 5 users) - R129 per month or R 1299 per annum Get up to 50% off when you add a Namola Plus subscription to your DStv bill. Find out more here