Parental controls are designed to help protect children from inappropriate content they may come across online. These controls can be used to limit access to only age appropriate content, to set usage times and to monitor activity.
There are four main places you can find parental controls, and it can help to set up a combination of these:
- Internet provider: you can set up filters to help block access to inappropriate content on any device that connects to your home wifi
- Mobile operator: filters are often automatically set up on mobile contracts, but you can double-check with your provider
- Devices: many devices have parental control settings, for example, to help restrict spending in apps or disable location functions
- Online services: sites like BBC iPlayer and YouTube have parental control settings to help restrict access to inappropriate content
It’s worth being aware that no parental controls or filtering options are 100% fool proof. As well as setting up parental controls it’s important to educate your children about the potential risks online, and establish rules concerning the sites that are suitable, or inappropriate, to visit. It’s important that you involve yourself in their online world; as a starting point you could ask them what their favourite websites are and why they like them.
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