With all the sites out there on the internet is important to protect those you care for. Information, both good and bad, can get into your home via the web. Using these steps, however, these potential threats can be thwarted.

Password protected screensaver

The typical situation can play out like this. A computer is left unattended for a few minutes and there is a kid around. The kid has heard of some really interesting stuff online at school. The kid opens up the browser and the rest is history. Most likely you are using either Windows or Mac. Both have the ability to set up a safe screensaver. You can choose this to automatically turn on after the computer has be idle for a certain period of time. For Windows XP you can set a password protected screensaver by following these steps:

Click on Start > Go to Control Panel > Display option >Screensaver tab >

Check the "On resume password protected" box. You may also set the wait time as well.

For those on an Apple machine such as a Imac or MacBook you can set up a protected screensaver by following these steps:

Click on the Apple icon in the upper right-hand corner > System Preferences > Security >

Check the "Require password to wake this computer up from sleep or screensaver"

Safe search

The largest search engine in the world is Google. This site has a level of defense that can be employed to keep kids safe while online. Most people are aware of the SafeSearch option. This idea is taken to the next level with the Lock SafeSearch. This requires that you have a Google Account. If you do you can lock down your browser to prevent the SafeSearch from being deactivated. Google will scan all of its domains and only allow the content that you have not filtered out. Want to check if the browser is locked? No complicated steps required. Simply look at the browser. If there are large colored balls on the upper left-hand corner the lock is on. This is handy and lock status can be determined even from across the room!


Education is the key to being safe online. By informing the kids about the hazards that are online, their level of awareness can be elevated. This is the first and strongest line of defense. Preventing the problem is far easier than fixing the problem. Keep kids informed and their decisions making skills will improve; keeping them out of dangerous situations.

Limit Time Spent online

The internet is a resource that has offered us many great things. As the saying goes, to much of anything is a bad thing. Time on the computer and on the internet should not be approached in the same way as time on the television. Countless hours can be wasted online and the chances of kids coming across something harmful increases with each passing minute. Regulate the time spent online and reduce the chances of trouble.

Browser Security Plug-in

Need something else? Try out a browser plug-in. These are nifty little pieces of code that can enhance the experience online. They are often free and easy to install. They provide an extra level of security by filtering out potentially harmful sites. Geared for children under 12, the Firefox extension Glubble is an effective solution. In addition to protection it also offers children with games and educational opportunities. Another plug-in is WOT or Web of Trust. This is a more generalized extension that notifies you about the reputation and quality of the site. Each site is rated by other WOT users and you are able to have an idea of what you are in for before you reach the site.

Check out Web of Trust

Check out Glubble