A lot of parents often dread the prospect of their children getting old enough to figure out how to use the television, internet and phones without adult supervision. The bad news is that kids are curious by nature – yours included – and will probably drift naturally in directions that you probably wouldn’t want them to.
The good news, on the other hand, is that as technology moves forward, the options to prevent what your children can and cannot access on the television and the internet are increasing, too.
Taking back your TV
Saturday morning cartoons are fine, but you don’t want your kids watching inappropriate films when you’re not around, intentionally or accidentally. It doesn’t mean you have to lock the TV room when you leave the house – all you have to do is access the parental controls.
Parental settings vary from digital TV providers to your actual TV set. For instance, if you have Virgin Media TV channels on your set, you can lock any of the channels you like through a PIN code.
You can also choose the age restrictions you want to put in place for other television services, with a range of provisions based on age ratings. You can also hide any adult channels completely, so your kids won’t even see them fleetingly while channel surfing.
Protecting internet browsing
All major internet browsers like Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari have parental controls built into their settings. With these settings, you can block individual and specific sites, as well as any sites that feature certain keywords that you feed the computer.
Unfortunately, protecting your kids from inappropriate websites isn’t really enough. Your kids may see inappropriate content on social networking sites too, such as Facebook or MySpace.
The good news is that you can control privacy and parental controls on these sites as well. There are parental controls that focus specifically on social sites and there are programs that offer tools to record your child’s social networking activities, too.
Don’t underestimate your kids!
The older they get, the sooner they will potentially have the ability to override any parental settings you’ve put in place to monitor TV channels or the internet. With the latter, the best way forward is to find a program that monitors and controls internet access with a degree of stealth.
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