There are several great websites with educational games, activities and resources for your children. Unfortunately, the Internet is also full of inappropriate content that they should not be exposed to.
How do you block websites and keep your kids safe online? Check out these tips:
Keep the conversation open
Educate your children about online safety. Talk to them about online risks, but in a way that is appropriate for their age. Encourage them to talk to you about any online situation that seems unusual or inappropriate. During your talk, be sure they understand the following rules:
- Don’t give personal information, including birthday, address and school, to any website or individual on the Internet
- Don’t add or talk to strangers on social media or through e-mail
- Don’t download illegal content, such as music and movies
- Don’t download anything that might be malware or open spam e-mails
Put the computer in a central location
As much as your children might want their own laptop, choose to have a family computer in a common room. If you can see the screen, they likely won’t browse any inappropriate websites. This will also help you check in on what they are doing online and how much time is being spent on the computer.
Find websites for their interests
There are plenty of websites appropriate for every age. Depending on your children’s ages and interests, find websites that they will enjoy and that you can trust. Then, they can play educational games and download craft activities without any worries.
Use the safe-surfing options on your browser
Most browsers have options that allow you to filter out websites containing violence, inappropriate language, sex and nudity. Additionally, use the filtering settings offered by search engines. Even if your child is not actively seeking out any inappropriate content, it’s important to use these parental controls; questionable websites are often accidentally stumbled upon.
If you want even stronger filters, purchase and install parental control software. These usually have stronger settings and give you greater control of what your children see online. Here are a few options:
- Norton Family Premier
- Net Nanny
- Safe Eyes