These days, it seems like kids are online as soon as they can walk, and that’s more true with teens than with any other age group. Worrying, though, isn’t going to keep them safe while they’re online. Instead, it takes real action on your part, as blogger Christina DesMarais recommends.
Four Ways to Keep Kids Safe Online
The good news is there are plenty of parental control tools at your disposal.
Basic Protection in Operating Systems and Browsers
Both Windows and Mac OS X have built-in parental control features.
On a Windows 8 machine you can get to what Microsoft calls “Family Safety” either by going to Control Panel, User Accounts and Family Safety, or in Internet Explorer by clicking on Settings (the cog on the top right of the browser window), Internet Options, Content. From there it’s pretty self-explanatory and lets you add your child as a separate user and designate what kinds of websites, games and apps he or she can access as well as set time limits that control when the child can use the PC. You can even get activity reports. Here’s how to do it on a Windows 7 machine. Make sure you download Family Safety (free on microsoft.com) to get the website filtering and activity reports available with the built-in Windows 8 controls.
Even Better: Parental Controls in a Good Security Package
You may have access to more parental controls than you think, if you use an Internet security suite. That’s because top-notch computer security companies, like Trend Micro, Symantec, Kaspersky and McAfee, build parental controls into their packages. All include the ability to restrict Internet access to inappropriate content and set time limits.
Read the full article at techlicious.com.
It’s important that you keep a close watch on what your teen does while he or she is online, as it seems there are dangers lurking with every click these days.
Keeping Your Teen Safe Online
Article:Keeping Your Teen Safe Online
Author: Christina DesMarais
Filed in: Advice for Parents