Sichuun is very happy to have brought some serious Internet to the region – arguably the best Internet access in Canada. With it, kids can learn computer languages, create websites, build robots, etc. Yes, they can also watch movies & videos, play games, and stay in touch with friends & family on social media. And then there is an abundance of not-so-nice stuff they can see and do as well. Unfortunately, some of these can lead to a lot of trouble if younger users are not monitored. There are lots of articles written about Parental Controls, so the purpose of this post is to introduce a few ideas, and then let you read more about them and come up with a plan that works for your family.
There are a few important things you can do to keep your kids safe online:
- Have discussions with kids about the Internet, what they’re doing on it, what dangers exist, how they can use it safely, what is acceptable and not acceptable, etc.
- Set strong privacy settings in applications, games, and social networking sites your kids use, and limit friends lists to people you know personally.
- Restrict usage to common areas in the home, where you can supervise what they are doing.
- Limit the amount of time your kids can use the various screens they have access to.
- Use Parental Control software tools to restrict what, when and how your kids can do with the various computers, phones, tablets, console games, and other connected devices they have access to.
- Activity tracking
- Content blocking & filtering
- Manage access to games and apps
- Setting specific time limits
- Location tracking
- Turn off the Internet
- 10 Best Parental Control Apps of 2020 (www.consumersadvocate.org)
- The Best Parental Control Apps and Devices for Safe Internet Browsing (www.fatherly.com)
- The Best Parental Control Software for 2020 (www.pcmag.com)
- Computers & laptops
- Console games (e.g. Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo)
- Internet Safety (www.kidshealth.org)
- 15 Facts About Internet Safety for Parents (www.lovetoknow.com)
- Talking Digital With Kids (www.internetmatters.org)
- Parents' Ultimate Guide to Parental Controls (www.commonsensemedia.org)
- How to Set up Parental Controls on all Devices (www.webwise.ie)
- Parental Controls for the Internet and Cell Phones (www.verywellfamily.com)