What You Can Do to Protect Your Kids Online
What You Can Do to Protect Your Kids Online.
Source: Kaspersky’s ‘Internet Safety for Children: Tips to Keep Kids Safe Online. https://www.kaspersky.com/resource-center/preemptive-safety/kids-online-safety The question, “how do I provide Internet safety for kids?” becomes a daunting prospect, because many parents assume parental controls require extensive technical knowledge. But thanks to easy-to-use Internet security software, virtually any parent can protect children from objectionable material or prevent them from downloading damaging malware. Managing & Monitoring Your Kid’s Internet access.
For parents, access management is critical, and this takes two broad forms:.
Parental control software — often comes bundled with Internet security solutions and gives you the ability to manage the time your child spends online. Antivirus software programs — help you deal with issues like spyware and viruses from websites your children may unwittingly visit. Parental control features allow to you control all aspects of your child’s Internet experience. This can include anything from the amount of time they are allowed to spend online, to the applications and websites they’re permitted to use. Any attempts to use blocked programs will be stopped and recorded in the program’s log for later viewing. If you prefer more advanced settings, you can also limit correspondence with specific contacts on social networks, restrict messages that contain personal details or even prevent messages with certain words or phrases from being sent. A high-quality parental control program gives you power along with transparency, making it easy to set up restrictions for each user. This means, however, that you need to be diligent in logging off your own profile when finished with the computer; otherwise, you’ll be sabotaging your own efforts. Antivirus protection is just as critical for your family’s online safety. Websites that appear legitimate may in fact carry malicious code. Alternatively, they could redirect your child to a fake site that looks the same but actually contains a keylogger or computer virus. To make sure your child’s personal information isn’t collected without your knowledge, set up a regular schedule for automatic virus checks, and also run a deep system scan every month to ensure you don’t have any unwanted visitors on your hard drive. Give your children trust and respect. Kids must have some room to learn and grow from their own choices. Oppressive content controls won’t help them accomplish that. It might even make them more rebellious.
Ultimately, parents face a war on two fronts:.
Limiting inappropriate Internet access. Acknowledging their child’s burgeoning independence. To avoid a losing battle, it’s important to respect the technical aspects of online control, and the ability of kids to counteract poor security measures. Children are born into a world of tablets and smartphones and have an inherent comfort with the Internet that is absent in many adults. This comfort, however, often leads to blindness about potential risks. The bottom line for parents: using online security controls must go hand-in-hand with respecting your child. Child safety online starts with adaptable, powerful parental controls, and is backed by solid virus protection software. But it works best when combined with a healthy dose of respect and freedom for their Internet-savvy children. With the right tools and the right attitude, parents can help make their kids’ online timeless worrisome.
Dr. Don Yates, Sr Ph.D.,
- Helping others online since 2004
- Founder, The Internet Crime Fighters Org [ICFO]
- Sponsor ICFO’s War on Crimes Against Our Children.
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