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Parental Controls Online: Keeping Your Family Safe

By Carla Rick

Protecting your children is any parents number one priority, but these days, even sitting inside can be unsafe. Especially when they’re sitting in front of the computer. The internet is a wonderful and useful tool full of amazing information, however the extensive nature of it can also be quite dangerous when it comes to kids, as the amount in information found can be very inappropriate for most.

Pornography is something that has been around for years, however before digital media became the number one means of social communication, keeping a hold on porn was much easier. But these days, there is so much porn on the internet, and often free and easily accessible porn, that children may not even be looking for it, rather it may just pop up unsolicited. So how do you protect your home computers and other devices by blocking these sites? Well, here are some pointers that may help…

The first place children are likely to stumble across porn is from your home computer. However, know that there are plenty of ways to install or change settings that will help keep your children safe from this sort of thing. In PC computer, operating with Windows 7 or higher, go to Start then Control Panel, User Accounts, Family Safety, Setup Parental Controls, and from here you can completely modify all settings, even by specific user account, to ensure which users have access to what.

Safari 3.0 is a great browser for the Mac and Windows systems, and its internal settings easily allow you to exercise control over what is viewable. Mac is also nicely designed to allow parents fully control over who is seeing what type of sites on the internet. It is highly advised to use google, and it will bring you up to speed on the tons of methods and ways in which to fully customize your experience. This includes being able to monitor all of your child’s online activity, their time spent online, and what searches can be made.

Plenty of other devices in the home allow access to the internet as well, including the Nintendo Wii, DSi and DSi XL, the PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360. Many of these consoles are created as multi-purpose consoles, providing access to the internet and movies as well as the games created for them. In addition, plenty of other home devices – even some that we carry around daily – including iPhones, iPads and iPods are all potential platforms through which children can access (or be exposed to) pornographic sites. Again, be sure to use Google to find out the best ways to keep this inappropriate material as far away from your children as possible.

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Rick, Carla "Parental Controls Online: Keeping Your Family Safe." Parental Controls Online: Keeping Your Family Safe. 10 Apr. 2013. 28 Oct 2014 <>.

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