The Internet is a great source of information. Unfortunately, not everything that is found online is good for your child. Pornographic images, for instance, should not be viewed by children. Considering that there are so many sources of porn online, you might think that it is not possible to protect your kids from these sites. It is possible. In fact, you can find below 5 ways to eliminate or at least reduce the risks that your child will come across porn as well as malware.
1.) Make sure that your search engine is set to “safe search” mode.
Go to the safety settings of the search engine that you use and look for this feature. If your child makes use of YouTube and other similar services, make sure to set it to safe mode too.
2.) Make use of family safety tools found in your device or operating system.
You can find family settings both in Mac and Windows operating systems. Take the time to check these settings and adjust them according to your needs.
3.) Take advantage of family safety tool services.
These are also known as parental controls. They enable you to filter the content that is searched. Certain kinds of content may be blocked. The tool is not just for children, but also for adults who do not want to content that is related to violence and hate.
Check the different tools available and read reviews for each of them. Your children mature as years pass by, and content that was once unacceptable may become acceptable. Others may be unacceptable at all times. Look for a tool that best suits your needs.
Once you have chosen a tool, install them in each device that your kid utilizes in order to go online whether a cell phone, tablet, laptop, or computer. There are services that cover all kinds of devices while some are only for phones and computers. Finding a tool that works on different devices makes monitoring a lot easier.
4.) Check the browser’s history regularly.
Children do not just use the obvious words for them to get to the site that contain porn. They may use slang that is not familiar to you as well as keywords that can take them to pornography filters. As for social networking sites, tell your children to give access to friends only. Also, their sites should remain private since pornography is often shared in private albums.
5.) Review the apps that your child has in their tablet or phone.
Apps that are potentially inappropriate may not be caught by mobile filters. It is best to check these apps and find out if there are inappropriate apps.
Then again, the best way to protect your child is still to talk to them. It should be an on-going discussion so that your child will understand what is appropriate and what is not.