How Can I Create A Secured Computer Environment For My Child?

More and more kids are starting to use the home computer at younger ages.

They see their parents or maybe their older siblings using the computer and they want to do it as well.

The computer can be a fascinating device because of everything that it can do and this is especially true through the eyes of a child.

So you should make sure that your child is able to use your computer when they get on it.

This means that the child should be relatively safe when they use the device.

There are so many dangerous images and pieces of text that the child could encounter during their web surfing session so you need to make sure that you have the right software to prevent this from happening.

In this article I will show you the many tools that you can use to keep kids safe while they surf the internet.

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Software That Can Monitor Your Child

From third party software to programs that are built into Windows, there are many ways that you can make sure that your child is safe when they use the internet.

You have software that will monitor the child’s progress and it will send a screenshot to your email address every 15 minutes.

This allows you to see what sites your child is visiting without you having to hover over their shoulders.

There is also software that will allow you to create a white list of what sites your child is allow to visit when they get on the computer.

This way, they can only go where you say they can go.

This is especially effective for children who are really young and want to use the computer.

White list software will not work with older kids because there are too many ways to get around the limitation of the software, or they will just surf the web at a friend’s house since they cannot go to the web sites that they want to at home.

Physically Check What Your Child Is Doing

You do not have to stand right over your child as they use the internet but you should walk by the computer every 15 minutes to make sure that they are not doing anything wrong.

Most kids will not attempt to go to a web site that they should not be on if they know that their parent will walk by at anytime.

Make sure that the walk bys are sporadic.

You do not want the kids to have your pattern to walk by the computer timed so that they can do the bad things when you are not there.

If they are not able to time when you are coming then there is less chance of them trying to go to somewhere on the internet that they are not supposed to be at.

The main key for keeping your child secured on the internet is to make sure that you always know what they are doing.

Teenagers may have a right to surf the web without you knowing everything but a child does not have those same rights.

Your job is to keep them protected and you can only do that by making sure that you monitor them.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

Comments

  1. Even a 5 year old got get around the so-called “white-list software” what do you mean by “older kids” every kid could get past that stuff if they are not idiots.

    • “Even a 5 year old…”

      I think that is taking it a bit too far as not every kid, especially ones that young, are computer literate. But, yes, you’re right – many older kids (teenagers) can find out how to bypass such stuff.

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