In today’s hyperconnected world, keeping your child safe is one of the biggest challenges that we as parents face today. Good communication is an excellent tool and necessary when it comes to warning your children about dangers that they may face. However, sometimes it takes more than just good communication when it comes to protecting your child online.
Although you can go through the process of putting your family’s computer in a common room, looking into their Facebook and other social media accounts from time to time, and talking to your child about the risks of posting personal information, risks still arise.
The fact is that sometimes your child will be subjected to adult material, or material that is otherwise inappropriate for children, by mistake. There are some pornography websites whose addresses are very close to popular websites with the same name. Sometimes, the only difference is whether it is .net, .com. or even .gov. One of the things that you can do to protect your child’s internet security is to install parental control software. Although it might seem extreme, a parent will do whatever it necessary to protect their children.
So what can parental control software do?
1. Create alerts.
You can be notified at once through either text messages, phone calls, or e-mails when someone in your home visits an inappropriate website.
2. Time controls.
These are good because you can actually set a pre-determined amount of time that your child can spend on the Internet. Of course, when their time runs out, they can still access other features of the computer such as word programs which they might need for school purposes. A common complaint that parents have is that their child spends too much time on the Internet.
3. Usage Logging.
With this feature, you can produce and review logs of your child’s internet activity. You can see what websites were visited, logs of Instant messaging chats, as well as the various programs that were used during the Internet session.
4. Content controls.
These allow you to choose what types of content, such as adult content, that you want your child to avoid access to.
5. Program controls.
Program controls control the access to certain programs such as downloading music files or other files that could be dangerous.
6. All in one solution.
Look for an advanced piece of software that has all its bases covered. Email recording, Content filtering, and Keystroke logging are among the most important. There are many great parental control softwares available in the market.
Online Safety Tips To Protect Your Children
Every parent wants to keep their child safe. Protecting your children when they are on the Internet is no exception to this. While you don’t want to think about people harassing your child or trying to bring harm to them, there are still those out there who might try. The following are some tips on how you can provide online safety for your children.
- First of all you must install online tools and parental control software for internet security.
- Also install filtering programs that restrict personal information from being sent online. This is particularly helpful in protecting your financial and personal information.
- If your child has a Myspace of Facebook account, I suggest get one as well and befriend them in order to monitor their use. Only intervene if there is a safety concern in order to give them more privacy or they will start hating you for invasion of their privacy!
- Do not let your child participate in chat rooms. Our parental control programs also block chat rooms. Sometimes people enter chat rooms designed for children and teens and pretend to be one themselves.
- If you are aware of any child pornography contact the cyber crime police cell in your city.
- Talk to your child about their screen name creation. A screen name should be neutral and should not reveal any of the child’s personal information such as their name or age.
- Talk to your child about posting personal information like their address, age, and full name on social media sites. When they create an account, have them make it private to ensure that only people they know can access it.
- Continuously monitor your credit cards and banking account in order to be aware of any unusual activity. Talk to your child if you become aware of something different on the account. Then, talk to your credit card company or bank.
There are a lot of safety risks out there for teens and tweens who use the Internet. However, this doesn’t mean that they have to stop using the Net. Instead, they should use good judgment and try to make wise decisions.
In addition please copy and print the following following 10 Tips on an A4 piece of paper and paste it above your children’s computers as the ten commandments that they must follow when online.
Internet Security for Teens and Tweens
1. Do not let your username say too much about you. For example, don't make it your name and age, like Shalini16. Instead, make it something that doesn't say much about your name, age, or gender. Keep it as vague as possible.
2. Do not ever post your residence number, learners driver's license number (if any), phone number, home address or debit / credit card information on the internet. If a friend asks you for your number on Facebook then either email them a private message or wait until you see them in person.
3. Do not add friends on the Internet that you don't know. People often misrepresent themselves and pretend to be something they are not.
4. Never agree to meet someone in person that you have met from the Internet. If you are part of a group and someone wants to get together to discuss something that sounds ok, have a trusted adult go with you and meet in a public place.
5. If you have concerns about someone who is harassing you on the Internet, tell an adult.
6. Make your profile private so that only the people you know can see your information and photos.
7. Do some research on sites before you sign up for them. Don't just join them because everyone else is. Learn how they work before you post anything on these sites.
8. Do not store your passwords on your computer. It can make hacking easier.
9.If you purchase something with a credit card, ensure that you are using a secure server. This should be noticeable by a little emblem next to the url where you type the name of the site.
10. Do not use your full name when you join a site. Try not to use your surname as much as possible.
Amit Sen, a commercial pilot by training, has over 15 years experience in the space of corporate investigations, handling Copyright & Trademark infringement cases, Pre – employment verification Industrial Espionage investigations, Asset & Net – Worth assessment assignments and vendor / supplier verification cases, among others. Co-founder of Alliance One Detectives – which is the best home security consultants in Mumbai. Apart from specializing in home security, Amit has also successfully completed assignments in a wide range of sectors, including the machine tools industry, pharmaceutical industry, hospitality sector, specialized equipment (Oil & natural gas sector, aviation industry etc.), telecom industry & the IT & ITes sectors. These cases have all involved both offline and online investigations.