Kids these days are getting smarter and smarter, and who can blame them! Gone are the days where kids would frolic outside til’ the sun went downâ€¦ very rarely do I see children playing in my local playground, park or even oval. Where have they all gone? They’re all online, playing games, instant messaging with their friends, even watching their favourite TV shows! It’s amazing how quickly they can learn their way around a computerâ€¦ I guess it’s because they grew up with one. It may all seem like fun and games when our peering eyes are watching over their shoulders, but what on earth do they get up to when were not around?
Kids these day are a curious bunchâ€¦ they want to know everything and they want to know it now! They are rule breakers. The more you tell them to not do something, the more they want to do it! The same applies on the internet, and we all know curiosity will eventually get the better of them. We need a way to block inadvertent access to inappropriate websites. You know what sites I’m talking aboutâ€¦ But how do we do that? It’s fairly simple, there are many ways to set up parental control filters or add parental control.
The most common way is through your router. Your router will act like a choke point where all the internet traffic flows through. Setting up and parental controls here will essentially act like a traffic light, allowing approved content to be viewed, and the inappropriate content blocked. Best yet, it will apply to all devices connected to the network, saving you the hassle of setting up individual filters on all web-capable devices. Many ISP’s ship a router free of charge when you sign up to their broadband plan. For example, when you sign up to iiNet’s naked DSL broadband plan, you receive a router which has built in parental controls.
However, if you are one of the unlucky ones who don’t have the luxury of built in parental locking, have no fear! There are many programs, such as OpenDNS which allow you to set up parental controls on any router. All you have to do is play around the routers DNS settings, and you can select or customize difference categories of websites you would like blocked.
If all the technical mumbo jumbo is all too much and you just want a sure proof way to keep your kids safe online, then you can always go through Windows Parental Controls. This allows parents to create separate user profiles giving restricted access to programs you don’t want your children using. This doesn’t include a web filter; however you can download â€œFamily Safetyâ€, and Microsoft application which does allow filtering, free of charge through the Microsoft Family Safety Website.
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