With modern day technology such as satellite TV and games consoles, you can choose to restrict access to certain facilities by using parental control. This is provided fundamentally to allow parents to have control over what their children can access.
As the Internet and computer technology is advancing at such a high speed, it can be hard for us as users to keep up with what we need to know in regards to our safety. So, to help out we have put together a few articles to assist you in protecting yourself online.
Please note, this is by no means an opinion of what we feel you should and should not do, rather a guide to help, should you choose to follow it.
There are two main areas of online safety that we will cover:How to protect yourself and your family from online content you would prefer not to encounter.
How to protect yourself and your family from content online that you would prefer not to encounter.
The Internet can be a wonderful source for learning, having fun with games and catching up with old friends, but with all these great tools we have to remember that there are sources of information on the internet that you may not find suitable for your family.
Supervising your children while they are on the internet would be the most certain way of ensuring their safety, but sometimes this method is just not practical. So there are guides and tools that you can use to protect your children. As it can be very time consuming and confusing to research all areas yourself, we have put together this guide from what we have found from various online safety articles.
Parental Control Software
There are many different programs you can use to restrict or limit what certain users can view from your computer, this includes files and programs on your computer as well as websites.
From our research we have found a very good and in-depth guide to Parental Control Software on which.co.uk. If you follow this link you will see they cover:
We recommend reading What parental controls do to learn about PC system protection, setting time limits on your PC, different programs and games, web filtering, getting activity reports on your computer, and other devices including mobile phone protection and gaming consoles.
Of course you can do all that you can to ensure that every safety measure is in place but there are still variables outside of our control. For example on console game boxes you sometimes see a warning
Game Experience May Change During online Play,
This basically means that they rate a certain game as suitable for children up to 15 years old, but they cannot cater for other users online who may use strong language or talk about sexually explicit things etc. In short, the rating is for the game as it is, not for what you encounter online.
This applies to anything online that involves interacting with others, including online gaming, social networking, and videos etc.
It is hard to control what others will do / say online. Even if rules are in place to curb unwanted content, it is usually a case of banning the guilty party once they have broken the rules. But this does not stop others seeing or reading what they have put in the short term.
In schools, children are educated about internet safety from a young age to try and prepare them for the dangers they may encounter online and how to deal with the different situations.
It may be worth reading up on what they are being taught so that you can back it up and build on top of it. From our research we have found a very good article with which.co.uk on Child internet safety which covers Child internet safety for different age ranges, starting with, under-5s, 5-7 years, 8-10 years, and 11-16 years. As well as this it touches on cyber-bullying both from the victim and the bully point of view.
For further reading, there is good information to be found on knowthenet.org.uk Specifically on child safety and kids and safety - resource list