Parental Control Settings on the Internet: How to Block Websites and Keep your Kids Safe
Internet has provided many benefits to all of us; nowadays, we can easily find all kind of information we are looking for by just searching online; we also get the best deals possible by browsing through all the different options available; many people use Facebook on a daily basis to make new friends or keep in contact with lost ones; there are thousands of examples of the great things that were brought to us with the birth of the Internet; however, what happens when someone uses this powerful tool for the wrong reasons? In the last few years, there have been an increasing number of cases where adults have pretended to be teenagers in order to contact the younger generation; it is also true that due to the easiness of surfing the internet many children and teenagers, either by accident or deliberately access sites that are not considered appropriate for them. As a parent, it is important to know the different options available to protect your sons and daughters and provide them only with the tools they need to expand their knowledge; useful information rather than unsuitable content should be the key.
Access to Limited Content on the Internet
The majority of the ‘Browsers’ have the technology to regulate the kind of information accessible by your children. The two major leaders in the market: Mozilla and Internet Explorer are the perfect example. Although Mozilla Firefox has more limitation in terms of security that its competitor; the only settings available at the moment are:
- Block popup windows (in the content tab)
- Provide a warning when sites try to install add-ons (Security)
- Block reported attack sites and web forgeries (Security)
- Tell other sites that you don’t want to be tracked (Privacy)
- Request approval from the installation of any new software or program
- Provide a warning about surfing sites that are not trustworthy.
However, it is important to note that these considerations have been taken into account by Mozilla Firefox and the introduction of stronger security settings is expected anytime soon; there are also hundreds of Add-ons that could be use to strength security levels.
Internet Explorer’s control panel is broader and offers more specific security control than Mozilla. The steps you need to take to regular the content that will be available for your children are:
Click on Tools and then on Internet Options (the last one)
Click on the ‘Content’ tab at the top of the screen; the 4th one from left to right.
Click on ‘Parental Control’ – please be aware that if you have not yet created an user account for your children, then you must set up one in order to block sites and control the time they are allowed on the internet.
Step 4: Skip this step if you already have a ‘standard user account’ for your kids.
Setting up a user account is simple and you can do it from the Parental Control screen; just above the Additional control titles you will see highlighted in blue: ‘Create a new user account’ – click on that tab and input the name of the account; now click on create account.
From the same screen ‘Parental Controls’ right click the account just created and ‘turn on’ the settings; this will enforce current settings.
Below the photo and user name you have three options: time limits, game ratings and program limits; you can click on any of them and start making adjustment according to your needs.
The beauty about the Internet’s explorer parental control is that you can manage how your children use the computer by setting the hours they are allowed to use, the games that you don’t want them to play and the programs that they can run. If this is not enough, Internet explorer offers you the possibility of installing additional parental controls from different providers.
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