Protecting Your Children While Online

Categories: Internet Security | Posted on Sep 19, 2016

Just about every family today has access to the internet. This is either at home, at work or at school. With millions of people surfing the internet at any given time, it is no wonder that online security is a big concern for parents. So what are the best ways to give your children access to the internet without risking their safety?

Types of Online Threat

There are all kinds of situations your children could run into while they are online. They could become the victim of bullying, child pornography or they could end up attracting a stalker. Then there are the issues of them visiting websites that are just not suitable for children.

It is possible to put restrictions in place on your computer or laptop. These restrictions would block sites that are not suitable for children. Sites you can block include gambling, pornography, drugs, racism and more. The easiest way to do this is to set up Web Filtering on your internet. You can do this yourself or you can subscribe to a service that blocks these sites for you.

How Your Provider Can Help

Internet providers are taking more precautions today as well. Many providers now offer a web filtering service which helps to prevent your child from gaining access to inappropriate websites. It’s not just your ISP or Internet Service Provider who now offer online protection. The latest release from Microsoft of Windows 10 has a family safety package built into it. It takes just a few minutes to set up the Parental Controls and it gives you peace of mind for you too.

The Perils of Social Media

Most kids today want to be active on social media, and this can be a big cause of concern for parents. You just never know who they may end up friending, messaging or even chatting with. One way to handle this is to only allow them access if you have joint Administrative rights on their accounts. This way you can then go in and set permissions and restrict certain access if necessary.

Use Privacy Settings on their accounts to block access to non-family members or friends. You can also restrict games if you wish. If your children love to post about what they are doing, limit who sees this to just their friends and known people.

Big Brother Can Be Watching

Another safety precaution you can take is to not have the webcam running on your computer when your children are using it. A lot of people don’t realise that it is fairly trivial for an experienced attacker to enable the camera without your knowledge or permission. By disconnecting, or in the case of laptops, covering the camera, you can prevent this from happening. This simple act prevents any unwanted communications or photos from being taken without your knowledge.

Wrap-up

Web security is extremely important and should not be overlooked. Each day new users arrive on the Net and not all of them have good intentions, especially when it comes to children. Take measures to ensure your family is protected as much as possible.

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