The Internet is evil! Well although this is an enormous overstatement there are indeed many situations where we need to take action to protect our children from unscrupulous organisations and individuals when online.
Without doubt the most efficient way to monitor, and indeed restrict your child’s internet usage, is supervision. By this I not only mean supervision using software, but also to only allow them access where their activities can be physically seen by the parent. The latter is a very difficult thing to achieve with the increasing use of smart phone and tablets.
Coupled with this you should also ‘educate’ your child in internet use. Let them know that there are sites where content is of an adult nature and to call you if they accidentally visit one of these sites. Also instruct them to never ‘chat’ to strangers online, no matter how innocent they seem.
Of course, all of this is time consuming so let’s have a look at a tool that can not only restrict access but also notify the parent of the sites visited and alert them to any inappropriate use.
Norton Online Family Parental Control
In recent months Norton has improved its family protection offering and it is packed with features that can help with parental control. The software can be downloaded from https://onlinefamily.norton.com
There are two version. The basic FREE version and the feature rich Premier version. For most families the free version will suffice but if you want extra features then the Premier costs £30 per annum. A list of the differences between free and Premier can be viewed here https://onlinefamily.norton.com/familysafety/basicpremium.fs
How Do I Use Norton Parental Control?
Norton has taken a fresh approach to child protection. Rather than restrict at a computer level, you register the parent as an account holder and then create secure sub-accounts for each child. In the example shown we have set up an account for an imaginary child ‘Janie’.
We can then set up the type of restrictions that we want to apply to Janie and any other child that we have added to our account.
The parent has full control over the content that can be set as restricted. The sections at the bottom will also allow exceptions on a site by site basis. So, for example, you could block Social Networking generally but allow Facebook.
How Are Restrictions Applied?
After creating your restricted child accounts, the next thing to do is to download and add the Norton Family Protect tool on EVERY device that the child uses. The control app (software) is available for PC, Android and Apple iOS so can be installed on computers, tablets and phones.
Finally, on each device that the child is going to use, you need to set up a user account. So on a PC do NOT let them login on YOUR user account that has full administration control, set them up their own ‘standard’ account that restricts them from making PC changes. So if our PC is called ‘MyComputer’ and our child is Janie we login to our Norton Account as a parent and turn on the restrictions that we set up for Janie for the ‘MyComputer’ device. This will then not only block access to restricted sites but can also be set up to email us an alert when an attempt is made. It also keeps a history of the child’s activity on that device (7 days for the free version, 90 days for premium).
So don’t let your goods run free online – help them stay innocent today.