How to protect your kids online

How to protect your kids online

The internet is a fantastic tool which is not only utilized by parents, but it is also expected from our children to do research on to support their school activities. Furthermore, it is being utilized for social interaction more and more. Unfortunately, the internet does have a really sinister side as well. It is our responsibility as parents to make sure that our children are protected from the predators of the digital world. If you want to know how to protect your kids online, then have a look at the following points and software available.

Talking to Your Child About Safety on the internet

  • It is important that we as parents explain to our children the different dangers that the internet brings, and how to protect themselves. Make it clear which sites they are allowed and which sites they are not allowed to visit.
  • Explain the dangers that the different sites have, otherwise it might just make them curious.
  • Remind children that people online are not always who they seem to be or say they are.
  • Tell children to protect their privacy and not divulge information to just anybody. Do not give personal information like names, phone numbers addresses, and should also not give this information on public profiles. This includes their schools, age, sports team ass well as any other information that could be personal of nature.
  • Explain to children that posting information on the internet makes it public and very difficult to remove in future.
  • Encourage them to exit any chat rooms, or leave groups the moment that they feel uncomfortable or insecure, also encourage them to report it to you when they feel this way.

Internet Modems or Wireless Router monitoring

  • Most Routes or modems have the ability to keep a log of the sites visited through your connection at home. Check the periodically, or everytime your child was on the internet if you suspect something.
  • You will have to log into your router through your browser with the routers ip address, username, and password. a Quick way to find your router’s ip address, is to check the default gateway’s ip address. You can do this by opening a command prompt and typing ipconfig/all at the command prompt.
  • You can also use a network solution like Circle With Disney or Open DNS to do content filtering at the router level, on every device that connects through the router to the internet.

Software monitoring to monitor your child’s internet use

None of us really want to “spy” on our children, but should you suspect something it is better to be safe than sorry. There are a number of good programs available that provide details on all the sites that your child have been visiting. Further to this, there is also software where you can prohibit your child from accessing certain websites, and also blocking adult content. Here are some of the software monitoring tools that you can use.

  • Qustodia
    • Qustodio is a web filtering engine, with internet time limits and reporting features.
    • You can view status updates, pictures, friends and more on social networks that your child is accessing.
    • With Qustodia you can set a time schedule or you can limit how much internet time is allowed each day.
    • Decide which games and applications can be used and when.
    • Track your child’s Android or iOS device on a map.
    • Decide which games and applications can be used and when.
    • Get 30 days of device usage history.
    • See who your child texts most, read text messages and set a list of blocked contacts.
    • Decide which games and applications can be used and when.
  • Socialshield
    • This is an impressive monitoring tool for parents to keep a check on their children’s social network profiles.
    • The Software will track all of a child’s activity on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Google+, and more.
    • Furthermore, it will warn parents when it detects bullying, suspicious friends, or other problems.
    • The Company also promotes that if the parent cannot end cyberbullying they will assist you.
  • Kaspersky safe kids
    • This Software manages your child’s device or pc.
    • The SW will set times that the Child is allowed online.
    • Inappropriate content will be blocked and the Child’s contacts can also be monitored.
    • Kaspersky will show you where your child is in real time on a map. You can designate a zone, and the SW will alert you when your child leaves this zone.
  • Net Nanny
    • Protect your child’s smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs at home, school or elsewhere on all WiFi or mobile networks.
    • The Software can block mobile apps like Snapchat. Create web filters by categories, sites, and keywords.
    • Create customized child profiles for each individual child in the family.
    • Timelines when the Internet is available. Real-time alerts for issues send to the parent.
    • Other “web filters” only block certain websites, while Net nanny used deep learning to understand the content of the pages, blocking the bad while allowing the good
  • Symantec Norton Family
    • Norton Family has tools that show you what your kids are doing online and flag unsafe behavior so you can talk about it.
    • Symantec lets you See which videos your kids are watching on their PC and iOS devices.
    • You can Keep an eye on SMS text conversations to prevent kids from being bullied and set limits on whom they can text.
    • Let your kids explore the Web freely, with tools that block unsuitable websites while keeping you in the know about which sites they’re visiting.
    • See how frequently your kids log on to Facebook from their PCs, and the name and age they use on their profiles, so you can talk to them about smart social media habits.
    • Symantec will help your children avoid giving out sensitive personal information when online, including a phone number, address, the school they attend, or email address.
    • See which apps your kids have downloaded on their Android devices and choose which ones they can use, such as YouTube and Facebook.
    • See a list of the YouTube videos your children watch on their devices and even view a snippet of each video, so you know when you need to talk to them.


Access to Your Child’s Personal Information

As a parent, you can access, modify, or delete your child’s information by signing into their Google Account. If you do not remember your child’s password, you can reset it through the Family Link app or Family Link settings on the web. Once signed in, you can use the various controls described in the Google Privacy Policy (such as Google activity controls) to manage your child’s privacy settings and information. By default, your child will have the ability to change their activity controls, delete their past activity in “My Activity,” and grant app permissions (including things like device location, microphone, or contacts) to third parties. However, you can limit your child’s ability to make these choices on Android without parental approval by going to Family Link settings (either in the app or on the web) and changing “Manage Google Activity” and “App Permissions” settings to “Only parents.”

You can also use the Family Link app or Family Link settings on the web to edit or modify your child’s Google Account information, review app activity and app permissions, and manage your child’s ability to grant certain permissions to apps to do things like access information from your child’s Android device (such as location, microphone, and contacts). You can also use Family Link to help manage your child’s access to certain features, apps, and services on Android, or change their Android permissions.

If at any time you wish to stop further collection or use of your child’s information, you can delete your child’s Google Account by clicking “Delete account” on your child’s Account Info page in Family Link or on the Family group page in My Account. Your child’s account information will be permanently deleted within a reasonable period of time.

When Your Child Turns 13
When your child turns 13 (or the minimum age required for the creation of a Google Account absent parental consent in your country), they are eligible to manage their account on their own. If your child chooses to manage their Google Account, you will no longer have access to, or be able to exercise control over, it with Family Link. Before your child becomes eligible to manage their own Google Account, we will notify you and your child.

Follow this link to Set up you google Family Link

Monitoring your child’s mobile device.

It is important to understand that with modern smartphones it becomes more and more important to monitor your child on his mobile device. Children can get into all sorts of trouble with their mobile phones, by accident or on purpose.

You will need a good parental app that controls your child’s daily activities on his mobile device.

  • Life 360
    • Has a map that shows you the precise location of each family member, and allows communication about your whereabouts. It is a free app and works with iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Windows phones.
  • Securafone
    • This app sets up boundaries and alerts you if your kids go outside these boundaries. The app also has a panic button future, that will phone the parent immediately. The app is also free and works on iPhone and Android devices.
  • Qustodia
    • Is one of the best monitoring tools with 29 filter categories, where you do not have to add specific websites. You can also monitor your child’s activity on social media sites.
    • Qustodia gives you the ability to see images that your child’s friends upload to the site.
    • With this app, you can block and monitor online gaming, and determine what types of games your child are allowed to play.
    • You can also see if your child shares personal information online.

Keep your children safe on the internet at all times. Better safe than sorry.




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