Your kids are online because that’s where their friends are. That’s also where videos, social media, blogs, pictures and sports are. But, there are some things you don’t want them to see. Setting Internet parental controls can help you dictate what your child experiences online – and when.
Types of Internet parental controls
In general, there are a few different types of Internet parental controls available to you:
- Online time monitoring. Some Internet parental controls allow you to monitor and limit how much time your kids are online, and which times of day your kids are online. That way you can make sure that there is time set aside for homework and family time.
- Inappropriate website filtering. You don’t want your youngsters stumbling upon any adult content, or something that’s unsuitable for their age. With parental controls you can filter out unsavory websites and block specific types of content.
- Music limits. Did you know that you can even block certain types of music from your computers? Some Internet parental control software can prevent songs with explicit lyrics from being downloaded.
Tips for parents whose kids are online
Kids and teens love social media because their friends are on social media. One of the best things you can do is explain what types of things are OK to post, and which aren’t.
Take this for an example: as much fun as it is to brag about going on vacation, as a parent, you don’t want to alert all the teens in the area that your house is going to be empty for the next week.
Something else parents can do is educate kids on cyber bullying, and the very real affects that your online comments can have on classmates and even strangers.
Whatever Internet parental control software you choose, make sure that you take the time to educate your kids on the right way to spend time online.