A suite of parental control tools allowing content filitering and time limit controls across different platfroms including Windows, Mac and Android
Used at the internet or Wi-Fi router level, this software blocks out internet domains and specific sites. Also cross platform
Provides an activity log of what's being typed in and conversations in Skype chat windows. Geared toward Android
Monitoring software as opposed to parental control. Tracks what's being typed and saved (big brother or what)
A web browser designed for younger kids.
...and there are plenty more...
Cyberbullying and Bullying
This is a very real and widespead issue that can happen anywhere from the playground, home and of course school. For adults, ideally it's about being able to spot the signs early on if possible and prevent any emotional or physical harm happening. Asking the right questions such as if anyone has posted or said anything unpleasant online to them.
The NSPCC website has plenty of information, support and resources on this subject including Childline
Covering all age groups and advice on guidance on what to do if your children have already suffered in this area and the support needed afterwards.
Children of all ages are interacting with the internet at home as well as at school. Depending on their age, certain approaches will suit certain age groups.
Under 5 year olds
Supervising and making sure age appropriate content is available is key as well as ensuring safe use and enabling parental controls. Setting time limits on how long our kids spend online or on games consoles is another important factor. Also when using public Wi-fi for phones and tablets, it's worth noting not all web services have parental controls applied. It's worth checking nothing inappropriate is getting through. Setting passwords and PIN numbers also help to ensure kids can't access devices without supervision.
6-9 year olds
Whether it's a shared computer in the home or if the child has a device such as a tablet, as the adult we need to be in control of what they are accessing with the right level of parental controls over the content. Again, setting time limits on how long they spend online or on games consoles.
10-12 year olds
Kids at pre-teen age are now spending more time online than before. Social media platforms such as Facebook have minimum age restrictions (usually 13) which is sensible especially as this age group are at the inquisitive stage of wanting to be more involved in social media. Again discussing the subject is the best way of gain insight and agree on what's appropriate and what's not appropriate along with time limits. Discussing what sort of things they are looking for or viewing is vital.
13 and over
Teenage kids are likley to be more familiar with technology than adults in today's society. With higher online usage and understanding to a degree they leave us adults behind. There is still a need to set boundaries, whether its around age appropriate content, time limits or subject matter. Open discussion still needs to happen and again its about making sure agreement is made in advance. Parental controls may need to be reviewed or adjusted based on the level of content agreed for this age group to access.
Downloading of music and in-app purchases again needs to be monitored and agreed with responsible use so that large bills are not incurred.
General behaviour online is a factor we also need to be mindful of. Sending inappropriate or sexually explicit photos via mobile phone (Sexting
) or posting inappropriate content is again something we as adults need be aware of and guarded against where our kids are concerned. This also applies to the threat of Internet Trolls
- people who incite arguments or abuse to others via chat rooms or social media which is another reality and something to be aware of.