Keeping Children Safe in Cyber Space

There is no question that we live in a connected world, and kids can access the internet in many different ways nowadays. Connected devices can include smart TV's, game consoles, eReaders, cell phones, tablets, laptops etc. Keeping up with all of these devices let alone managing all the various parental control settings can be overwhelming. Here are a few things you can do (depending on your mobile devices) to monitor and protect your children when online.

(Note: These apps work best when they're apart of a comprehensive approach to teaching your children how to behave online)

Mobile device specific parental control options

  • iOS
    • Restrictions - This feature, located in "Settings" under "General" allows you to disable certain apps, block content and block websites. 
    • Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
    • Tap on General.
    • Tap on Restrictions.

      Launch the Settings app, tap on General, and then tap on restrictions.

    • Tap on Enable Restrictions.
    • Type in a passcode. You'll remember for when you need to disable restrictions again. (This can and should be completely different from your Lock screen passcode.) Make sure you note it down somewhere — if you forget the passcode, you'll have to erase your device and set it up from scratch.

      Tap on Enable Restrictions and type in a passcode.

  • Android
      1. On the device you want parental controls on, open the Play Store app Google Play.
      2. In the top left corner, tap Menu Menu and then Settings and then Parental controls.
      3. Turn "Parental controls" On.
      4. Create a PIN. This prevents people who don't know the PIN from changing your parental control settings. If you're setting up parental controls on your child's device, choose a PIN they don't already know.
      5. Tap the type of content you want to filter.
      6. Choose how to filter or restrict access.

      Once you set up parental controls, you can turn them on or off. When you turn them back on and create a new PIN, your old settings will come back. This helps you share a device with people who don’t need parental controls.

Qustodio is a free parental control app that offers simple tools to manage kids’ screen time, filter content and monitor or block apps kids use. Best of all it automagically reports kids’ online activity to you once installed.

Please visit tom's guide for a list of the best parental control apps 2018




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