As a parent, you need to keep a keen eye on your children, including whenever they use the internet. As the world becomes more dependent on the internet, children will need to use it more frequently. However, this means they are more likely to come across explicit or disturbing content. Roughly 56% of 11 to 16-year-olds have viewed explicit material online. Also, one in ten children between eight and 11 years old have encountered worrying or upsetting content.
Luckily, there are many things you can do to ensure your children do not access inappropriate content on their devices. Today, we’ll be looking at the best ways to keep your kids safe online, letting them enjoy the benefits of the internet without issue.
Read on for more information.
Consider Using a Parental Control App
Parental control apps are one of the most fool-proof ways to stop your children from finding inappropriate material on the internet. Numerous kids’ phone monitoring app options are available, many of which let you block explicit websites. The better ‘web filers’ also allow parents to block websites based on the category of the site, such as ‘shopping’ or ‘weapons’ and various other types of website content.
As well as filtering inappropriate sites and webpages, these apps also offer various other features. For example, parental control apps let you set a time limit on your child’s device, so you can monitor how long they spend playing games or scrolling on social media.
In addition, parental control apps sometimes have a phone tracker, so you always know your child’s whereabouts. This is particularly useful when your child gets old enough to hang out with friends on their own.
These apps also boast helpful tools, including in-depth reports about your child’s online activity, contact blocking options, alerts whenever your child tries to access something inappropriate, and other functions.
Other Parental Control Options
If you want more types of protection to provide additional security, you can take the following steps to block explicit content.
If you use a Windows-based device to browse the internet, make sure you step up the operating system’s parental controls. While this is effective, you can also enable content blocking controls on your router, any video game consoles in the house, and mobile devices. YouTube also has parental control to prevent your children from seeing adult content.
You may also take advantage of Google SafeSearch to protect your children. Unfortunately, Google Chrome does not have parental controls, but you can use parental control apps to limit the websites available to your child through the Google Chrome browser. You can use SafeSearch to restrict adult website searches in the browser. This will prevent your child from clicking innocent links.
If you want to active SafeSearch and remove explicit search results, perform the following actions:
- Go to Google’s Search Settings.
- Select the box next to “Turn on SafeSearch” in the SafeSearch filters.
- Click “Lock SafeSearch” to prevent children from switching SafeSearch off.
- Sign in to your Google account.
- Select “Lock SafeSearch.”
- Go back to Search settings.
- Click Save.
What Else Can You Do to Protect Your Children Online?
You can do many other things to protect your child from harmful online material. These include:
- Keep the computer in a family room: Try keeping all devices where you can see them or in a room used regularly. This way, your child will be less inclined to go on inappropriate websites, and you can monitor what they are looking at without referring to the internet history or a parental control app.
- Talk to your child about appropriate content: Sometimes, an honest conversation is the best way to teach your child about internet safety. Talk to your kids about why some content is inappropriate and why they should not visit those types of websites until they are old enough.
- Make sure your child is aware of online predators: Some children trust other people online too easily. Let them know how some people can pretend to be somebody else and may send them inappropriate messages or links to explicit sites. In addition, your child should understand they can come to you with any issues or concerns surrounding online friends.
As you can see, there are multiple ways to block explicit content and keep your children safe online. Implement these measures to ensure your children enjoy the benefits of the online world.