We are living in a world where technology has become part of everyday life. Like everything in life it has its positives and negatives. For the purposes of this discussion, we are going to focus on how to ensure that the negative side of technology does not in any way compromise our children. Pornography, foul language, lewd music, malicious sites, online predators and pedophiles are just some of the reasons why children need not be exposed to everything that is contained in the Internet. A very in-depth article on all the parental control options are beautifully presented on kids-shield.org. We’ll talk a little more on what the most common options are for protecting your computer and child.
Net Nanny for Android is a software which works as a powerful Internet filter. It works to mask profanity and conceal explicitness, it filters website content, it blocks pornography, it also has time controls and allows you to block and unblock mobile apps. With Net Nanny you can also block hate speech, alcohol, drugs and other topics you deem offensive. The Net Nanny for Android features enhanced reporting, age-based profiles, custom filtering and safe-search enforcement. It really helps in preventing children from accessing indecent and inappropriate content and malicious apps. Net Nanny Software only applies to Android devices. You can download it from the Internet and get a free 14 day trial. Net Nanny for IOS for I-phones, IPads and IPod touch works as a pornography blocker and guarantees that children will not view unsuitable content from the Internet.
Norton Family is a parental control software where you can set the times that kids are supposed to use the computer and blocks access to particular sites. You get to see what the child is viewing and their web searches, keeping vigil and being aware of the areas that they creep into in the Internet. It gives you e-mail alerts of blocked sites that they may attempt to access.
The Bitdefender parental control monitors web activities to see what the children are up to. It tracks the kind of websites they are visiting and even checks the content of the instant messaging conversations that they have.
K9 Web Protection is a free Internet filter. It puts you in control of the content in the Internet and therefore protect children from viewing distasteful material. It is available to those with Windows or Mac computer. It blocks websites in more than 70 categories. Such categories include violence, gambling, spyware, pornography and racism. It also does not require you to over block, it’s blocking features are work seamlessly. It overrides a web page block with a password, there is an enhanced anti-tampering system that cannot be compromised, you can report, monitor and control web activity. The K9 has a real time categorization of malicious sites.
Qustodio protects you child from and monitors them from damaging cyber bullying. Cyber bullying can lead to devastating consequences as quite a number of children have either contemplated suicide or gone ahead with it. It can cause psychological problems. This parental control software ensure that you child is not vulnerable to not only bullying but online psychopaths and predators. Anyone who wants to bring harm to your child can be prevented and monitored and possibly cases can be reported to the police. It monitors a child’s social media activities. It also blocks dangerous and dirty content. Using Qustodio is easy since you can manage the kids’ activities from any location and device.
AVG Family Safety enables you to create a profile for the child and adjust it as they grow older. You are able to note when your child’s digital behaviour changes. It prevents access to social networking sites such as Facebook.
All these parental control soft wares are available online and can be simply downloaded. Although some offer trials with the option of purchasing later. The other determining factor is the compatibility of your device i.e. computer or phone with the said software. Some operate on Windows, others on Android, so you will choose which can fit in your device and work effectively. It is good to have these controls, it is the best thing for our future generation. You can see a complete guide on parental control on this page read more and stay up to date in order to protect your child.