However, though this is very useful and has revolutionised the way we live, it can pose problems for parents and guardians of young people. Times have moved on and gone are the days of having one phone in the hallway where everyone in the house could hear your conversations. The internet isn’t dial-up anymore so you’re not blocking the phone line and so can stay online for hours.
So with increased accessibility and privacy, how can we protect our young people from accessing inappropriate material or from coming into contact with dangerous people? The chances are they know more about websites and social media than you do, but they almost certainly don’t have the life experience and wisdom to handle all of the situations they encounter.
We have a few handy tips:
There are also a number of software programs which you can use to help increase protection, there are five broad categories:
Web filtering: Lets you vet website content. You can build up a blacklist of inappropriate sites and create a list of banned words and phrases.
Program blocking: Controls what your child can and cannot download. There are applications, for example, that mean you could control your child’s web cam.
Email filtering and blocking: Allows you to censor certain kinds of content from your child’s inbox as well as block email messages from unknown or unwelcome addresses.
Social networking/instant messaging filtering: Works in much the same way as email filtering. Again certain words or phrases particular to your child’s environment can be blocked.
Video filtering: Blocks inappropriate material from sites such as YouTube based on the descriptive text and category tags.
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