How can I keep my children safe online?
With advances in technology in recent years, the days of sitting together around the television or playing board games are a distant memory. Families now live in a constantly connected world.
According to a recent Ofcom Report, 62% of children aged 5-15 have access to tablet computers, with 34% owning their own. With devices more affordable than ever, opportunities for children to access the Internet are plentiful. A 2015 Pew Survey recently reported that 24% of teens are online “almost constantly,” while 92% of teens go online daily. These are impressively large numbers.
With the Internet more accessible than ever, how can you keep your children safe online? Below are four tips from Intego, the leader in Mac security, on how its new product Family Protector can help you ensure your children navigate the web safely.
- Education is crucial
Knowing who your child is talking to online has never been more important, especially considering there are now just over 3.2 billion Internet users around the world. Keeping the lines of communication open about Internet activity is therefore crucial. If your child knows they can come and talk to you about their online activity, the chances of misuse are likely to be lessened. This can also enable you to quickly tackle any online issues, such as accidental in-app purchases or downloading inappropriate content.
Family Protector can help by providing some much needed peace of mind about your child’s activities. This includes allowing you to monitor what websites your child is accessing on their iOS devices. With Family Protector you can even prevent access to the device’s camera, stopping children from taking photos or sharing videos with others.
- Set and maintain boundaries
It is important to set and agree on Internet boundaries with your child. Parents can no longer solely rely on software to monitor their child’s online experience. Educating children about what is acceptable online behaviour is essential, because it will help them understand how Family Protector assists in keeping them safe.
Family Protector helps enforce your rules by:
- Eliminating bedtime distractions – schedule device restrictions during bedtime hours to help them get a good night’s sleep.
- Getting them to call home – disable an unresponsive child’s access to third party apps and web browsing while sending them a lock screen message to call you.
- Scheduling mealtime breaks – schedule time to turn off third party apps, stop web browsing and disable video chat, so they can enjoy other activities, such as family mealtime, and take a break from the screen.
- Age-appropriate content
Web browser safeguards ensure content is age-appropriate so their digital time is well spent and no unsuitable material is viewed. Family Protector also allows parents to apply age-based restrictions to control what children listen to, watch and read to ensure it’s suitable for their age.
- Monitor and Communicate
For older children, the Internet should be used to explore their interests and as a resource that assists inquisitive young minds, safe in the knowledge that their parents are there for guidance. While older children do not require as much monitoring as younger children, they do still require a degree of supervision. Parents need peace of mind that their teenagers aren’t taking advantage of the freedom they have been granted. Family Protector provides clear, easy to access information and controls so parents can navigate difficult parenting conversations with confidence.
Why Family Protector?
With its low cost (£5 a month) and generous cover (up to 15 iOS devices and unlimited family managers/administrators), parents now have a great tool to put them back in the driving seat without being invasive or overly controlling.
Parents can manage Family Protector from any web browser or through the iOS or Android management apps, which are available on their respective app stores.
Unlike most other parental control products available in the market, Family Protector does not require an annual subscription and can be cancelled at any time. Also unlike other products, Family Protector does not require a jailbroken iPhone, nor does it redirect traffic though a proprietary server or require a user’s private iCloud account credentials.
A full feature 14-day free trial is available for all users. More on Family Protector is available at website www.intego.com/family-protector.
**This is a collaborative post**