Protect Your Kids: Keeping
Children Away from Adult Sites
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to make your experience as fun and safe as
possible, we have created this document to help
parents understand how to protect their children
from inappropriate online material.
The first step to protect your family is to
install parental control software on your
computer. These software are easy to install and
are applicable to customers in all continents.
Some of the best-known and respected parental
control software packages are CyberPatrol, Net
Nanny and Safety Surf. Also, some ISPs (Internet
Service Providers, the companies that let your
modem connect to the Internet) provide content
filtering as part of their basic service. Check
with your ISP to see if this is an option they
Parental control software works by blocking
access to specific websites and online content.
In most cases, when you buy the software it
already contains a large list of sites that are
inappropriate for children. You can then update
the software through the manufacturer's website
or, in some cases, the software will update
Another way filtering software works is to block
sites based on key words, such as "sex."
However, filtering software doesn't have to just
block access to adult-oriented material. You can
configure the software to filter for topics such
as tobacco, drugs and drug culture, alcohol,
violence and racism.
Since there might be only one computer in your
household, and you might be using the same
computer as the children, you can set up the
system to filter content during certain hours,
such as when you're at work and not around to
supervise your children's web surfing. You can
also setup the system to create a password, that
only you know, to override the restrictions.
Some programs can also block personal
information, such as name, address and phone
number, from being sent from your computer. This
is an excellent way to protect children from
potential online predators.
Many programs allow you to create different
levels of security and filtering based on the
different ages of the computer's users. Children
can be given high security and heavy content
filtering, but when you log on to the machine,
you can set it to not filter any content at all.
One thing to remember is that by installing
filtering software on your computer, you might
also restrict childrens' access to legitimate
sites. This is especially true if you rely on
key words (such as "sex") for blocking. Certain
key words appear on legitimate news and
information sites, so it's best to experiment
with different settings when configuring the
Installing filtering software is no guarantee
that children won't be exposed to some
inappropriate material online. New websites pop
up everyday, so it's important to keep your
software up to date. Also, learn how your
Internet browser software works so that you can
check the sites your family has visited (this is
the "History" feature, which displays a list of
websites visited by the web browser).
Talking to your children about the possible
dangers that exist on the Internet, and
supervising their web surfing are still the best
ways to protect them.
Some key general Internet-related safety points
for your children:
Tell them to never give out personal
information about themselves or the family
to strangers they might meet online or in a
Remind them that online it's easy for people
to pretend to be someone else. They can
easily change their name, age and gender in
an effort to get close to children.
Teach them that they should never meet a new
online friend without an adult present.
Tell them to never give out their picture to
a stranger, and that if they ever get a
picture with sexual content, or something
they find disturbing, that they should get
off the computer immediately and tell you
Let them know that if they encounter
something or someone dangerous that they can
tell you about it, and that you won't blame
them or get mad.
Here are some sites where
you can get parental control software:
A good Internet safety information site for both
kids and adults is