How to protect you children and prevent them from visiting adult websites
This document’s purpose is to help parents protect their children and prevent them from visiting inappropriate adult websites and content such as our website.
1. Install a parental control software
Parental control software(PCS) is used to block access to websites and content, inappropriate for children. Good examples are CyberPatrol, Safety Surf and Net Nanny. They have large databases of websites that will be blocked when your kids use the computer, if you take the time and set them right. PCS can also block content, based on keywords, “sex” for example, but this sometimes poses a threat for blocking legitimate sites and content, such as news articles etc. PCS can also serve to block content based on topics, such as drugs, violence, racism etc. Setting it up:
- if you have just one PC in your home, you can set your software of choice to only filter content during your work hours, or create a master password that you will use for non-restricted surfing.
- Some PCS may be used to prevent you children from inputting personal information such as phone number, address, etc.
- You can set different users and levels of security that will be suitable for the different ages of your children. This way you will have your own account that will be unrestricted.
- Keep your software up to date so that its database of restricted sites is regularly updated – thousands of new sites pop up everyday
Some Internet Service Providers(ISP) also provide content filtering as part of their subscription, you can ask your ISP about such possibility
2. Educate your kids about online safety
Restricting your children from adult content and websites is not enough. You should educate them about their safety online. Talk with them about the possible threats on the Internet is the best addition to the software supervision.
Here are several critical points:
• Explain them that they should never give out any personal information about your family or themselves to strangers – online or offline.
• Explain them why they shouldn’t send their pictures to strangers and what to do if they receive a nude picture from someone.
• Explain them why they should never meet anyone they met online, except with an adult present.
• Remind them that people can easily use many different identities online and pretend to be someone else.
• Build trust so that they will be willing to share with you if anything disturbing happens to them online. Show them that you won’t blame them or get mad.
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