Parental Controls


Parental Controls

Some tech-savvy kids can get around software tools aimed at giving parents control over their Internet access — but there are some steps you can take to make it much harder for children to gain such access.

According to, everything from browser tools to third-party safety programs can be a major ally for parents looking out for the safety of their children

Check your internet provider, browser

Many Internet service providers (ISPs) offer tools that parents can use to limit when and how their children access the Internet. Many services offer free, reliable parental controls that can limit access to certain content and communication tools. Many of those tools also can limit the amount of time children spend using the Internet.

Go a step further

Along with ISPs, many modern-day browsers and operating systems offer parental controls. All it takes is a bit of legwork and research to activate them with a parental password. Many browsers offer content filtering for free. If that doesn’t fit your needs, there are dozens of relatively cheap and reliable software packages that can perform that function. There also are more advanced software and hardware solutions, and some offer a literal USB “key” to activate Internet access. No key, no Internet.

Many tablet devices also come with parental controls, which can be set to filter usage time and content access. These settings can be a great deterrent to keep a child from seeking out dangerous content, as well as help prevent them from accidentally stumbling upon it.

Keep tabs on the history

It’s hard to keep anything hidden these days, and all browsers come with cache and history settings that keep a detailed history of which sites have been visited. Use those tools, and let your children know you’re keeping tabs on the data. Plus, even if they do erase their history, the gap in usage time should be fairly obvious to alert a parent that something has been hidden.

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