Many parents use their older kids as their go-to tech support person when it comes to their internet connections. For children younger than this parents leave their children to surf the internet to their heart’s content.
In both instances, parents might be making a mistake leaving their children up to their own devices. This can leave them prone to many dangers while online. This is true for younger children who are at home with mothers before school or when they return home.
Here are some tips that will help tighten up security and make their browsing experience a little safer.
This is one of the more common places children frequent and can be one area where the material that is not suitable can be displayed. YouTube does come with a restricted mode which should be enabled. This is done from the settings menu and then General which then gives the option for “restricted Mode.”
What to do about Social Media
Social Media is another childhood favourite. Here children are prone to cyber bullying and friends whom they connect, are not the person they make out to be. Many social media platforms have security settings which should be set. This is advised if your children are of a younger age.
Viruses and Malware – How to Protect Against Them
There are many threats that we are unable to see. The most significant threat used to be viruses that were intent on damaging your system. Many free anti-virus software packages do a good job protecting your children against viruses should they click on suspicious links or download any malicious software.
The newer threats are Malware which can include key loggers, ransom ware, and other programs. These run in the background sending personal information back to hackers. Malware Protection packages protect your system against these threats while filtering spam emails. Other threats are also halted by this form of software protection.
Separate Accounts and Built-In Protection
When your children use a computer for their access, you can create separate accounts for them. Larger operating systems let you set specific restrictions on what they can and cannot do. Doing this you can prevent software from being installed, and explicit content can be restricted.
Protecting your Connection
With all the above protections in place, there is still the possibility that your connection can be compromised, or if your child uses public WI-FI hotspots.
These areas are rife with hackers of the many unscrupulous characters that prey on young children. To make sure your child is protected while they are using WI-FI or away from home you can get a VPN.
This in simple terms hides your child’s connection from view and encrypts whatever data they send with the same methods used by banks. A VPN service also masks your child’s location so no one can see where your child is situated.
All of this might seem hard work. There are software packages that can do much of what has been spoken about for you. Apart from protecting your connection like a VPN, they can be the best form of internet filter, and an excellent example is Net Nanny.
This gives you full parental controls, internet filtering, pornography blocking, time management and social media monitoring to name but a few. You can also receive alerts and reporting as standard which allows you to see what has happened during your child’s browsing sessions.
Even with software like Net Nanny and a VPN and all the other above ways of protecting your children online, there are still more steps you can take. Web browsers can have additional extensions which block adverts and pop-ups and also delete browsing history when your child has finished. This prevents any tracking cookies or personal information being stored on the computer should anyone manage to gain access.
Without standing over your child’s shoulder while they are on the internet or thinking they can take care of themselves while online there is one final thing you can do. This involves education and helping your child to understand good surfing habits.
This is more prevalent while using social media as what they post might seem innocent, yet it might be of value to another person. It is better to sit down with your child and explain all the good and bad, so they do not think you are limiting them or that they have done anything wrong.
The internet can be a great benefit to children, and they need to understand that is what you are aiming to do by keeping it safe yet enjoyable for them.
Author Bio: Peter is the head writer at VPN Streamer, a blog dedicated to internet privacy and security as well as getting you more entertainment from your internet connection. Peter has a background in IT and Network systems.
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