Does your antivirus have parental control? In this article we will explore some of the dangers facing children online and how you can protect them.
If you have children, you are probably worried about their safety online. The Internet is rife with dangers for children. From sexual predators and pornography to bullies and scammers, the web has lures and traps galore for the unsuspecting child or for their older rebellious teen sibling. Social media (bullying) is barely safe for adults who can exercise good judgement, so imagine what it must be like for your children online.
The danger lies in allowing children to have secret accounts on social media, talking to people you may not know. It is not unusual for sexual predators to create a persona of a child to gain your child’s trust. Talking to your kids is the best preventative action you can take, teaching them how to stay safe online without having them look elsewhere to access the internet should be paramount. The second best thing you can do to safeguard your children and the computer they use is to invest in antivirus software with parental controls.
So what can you really do to keep your children safe online?
Invest in antivirus software with parental controls. Parental controls features in an antivirus should generally allow you to be able to ensure child safety both online and offline. The system should let you monitor their activity remotely, so that if they do have access, you will be aware of what they are looking at.
Another good feature of parental control should have filters that block access to certain types of content, as well. And even if your children are not intentionally misusing the Internet, they might not know how to tell a good site or e-mail from a bad one. With antivirus software, they will have the sites filtered for them so that they aren’t exposed to inappropriate content or viruses.
Other preventative measures you can take as a parent is to restrict children uploading photos online to protect their privacy. The dark net is flooded with photos of childrens pictures on pornographic sites that are most likely downloaded from social media sites that you or your children uploaded.
Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites should not be a diary where you or your children give out your locations and activities that may make your family’s safety vulnerable.
When you have children, shielding them from the dangers on the Internet is important. With antivirus programs that have parental controls, you can easily protect your kids from themselves and from online threats.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. Tell us what measures you take to keep your children safe?