Parental Guide on How to Initiate Control on Digital Devices
Internet has eased our way of life, we can do almost everything at the comfort of our home, socialize with friends, order foods, transact study, watch movies, play games among many other things, parents have also allowed their children to access the internet using various devices such as tablets, smartphones or laptops to attend virtual classes, watch their favorite programs and play games, however, if what children can access online is not controlled they can poke their nose to age-inappropriate online contents or silently go through cyberbullying or fall prey to online predators. This is why it is good to initiate some control on what your child can access online or websites they can access with their device. The good thing with most modern internet-enabled devices allows parents to set some controls on what their kids can view online, advanced smart devices allow parents to remotely see their children online activities hence easy to keep track of what they are doing online. There are several strategies you can use to manage your child’s online activities, this article outlines the most used parental control methods so continue reading.
You can manage the websites your child access using software that filters or blocks unsuitable online pages, this prevents your child from accessing age-inappropriate videos, games, music, or unhealthy web contents, this can be achieved using operating system settings that permit parents to manage what a child can access online, the operating system is set in a way that a child is required to ask for parental permission before they are granted access to sites that are viewed as inappropriate for that age, this ensures what your child is accessing online is healthy and only what you allow access to.
The use of browser is another parental control strategy to manage websites a child can access, it is done by creating a child account that explicitly states the websites that should be denied access, this ensures you child can only access healthy online content, but it is important to be careful with this strategy because it will only work when the child is browsing while signed in to the child account otherwise the child could access almost any website.
It is possible to use search engines to manage what your child can access online, most major browsers have safe search settings that allow parents to filter websites children can access, it is good to state that popular video and gaming streaming apps and websites have designated categories for children, parents can use these settings to filter music or games children can play, the sites selected are mainly what parents feel is age-appropriate for their children and feel comfortable about them. Those are some ways you can use to initiate ideal parental control on internet-enabled devices.