As a parent, keeping my children safe online is high up there on my list of priorities. Gemma and Jacob are at the age where they are starting to explore the internet, using it for games and videos, as well as homework research. For this we tend to stick to sites I know are safe such as CBBC and the school website.
To keep them safe, we always insist that the internet is only to be used under adult supervision, so that we can see exactly what they are accessing, and so far we have not had any problems because of this. However, as the children get older, I understand and appreciate that they will not want us watching over their shoulder, and so we will need to find other ways to keep them safe online. These days, even on games consoles children can access the internet quickly and easily.
I also know that one day, my children will request social media profiles. This does worry me a lot, as social media is so fast paced, so grown up, and so uncensored. I fear that my children will be exposed to things way beyond their years, as well as leaving themselves open to bullying and unkind words. Because of this, they will not have social media profiles until their late teenage years, when we feel they are mature and sensible enough to cope, and to use it appropriately.
One filter actually seems to really fit our family and lifestyle – Intel Security Life Safe. It offers everything we require in terms of allowing the children to browse independently whilst keeping them protected from harmful sites. I think internet security really does need to be taken seriously in this day and age.
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