After moving and setting up your high-speed Internet service, one of the first things you should do is set up parental controls. These can help ensure that your kids don't access any inappropriate content online or spend all of their time in front of the computer. Read on for a look at how to enable these filters on your household devices.
Find the right software
The funny part about this is that though you're trying to limit access to the Internet, it's actually your best friend in this scenario. There's a wide array of free and premium software online that you can download in order to keep your kids off of specific websites.
Many programs work very well and can be configured to block a broad range of elements, so you need to figure out which one is the best for your needs. In an article for the Mother Nature Network, Jenn Savedge explained that she uses the "honey badger test." Basically, she checks to make sure that whatever software she uses blocks the viral video of the honey badger that doesn't care. This is a brilliant strategy because it ensures that inappropriate content is inaccessible to children, even if it's on an everyday site like YouTube.
Use administrative tools
Many high-speed Internet providers, including Comcast and Verizon, offer administrative controls so that parents can keep their children safe online. These features allow moms, dads and guardians to restrict access to specific websites.
Some providers allow you to control what sites are accessible, rather than specifying which ones aren't. Instead of blocking individual URLs, you can set up your account so that only specific pages are accessible. The approach can take some time to set up because you have to think of every single family-friendly website, but that can pay off in the end because you won't have to worry about your kids navigating to explicit content.
Monitor their behavior
All the high-tech services in the world can't match the best parental control – you. Until your kids are mature enough to find what they need online, you should carefully watch what they do. Explain why certain sites need to be avoided and how to steer clear of malicious pages. What's more, you should set an example for your children by practicing what you preach.