With school on holiday break, children have all the time in the world to spend with their best friend: Technology.
Waking up early to sneak in a couple hours of Minecraft, Fortnite, YouTube, or Xbox… grabbing their ‘educational’ iPad and Facetiming a friend… sending texts and messages through social media… it’s open season during school holidays!
As an adult, we honestly have no idea what’s cool or what they’ve been introduced to at school. They’re digital natives and use it in ways we would never dream of.
All we know is that they’re going to use their devices and we won’t be able to watch them every second of the day. Plus of course, no matter how many Cyber-Safety talks they’ve had, how many times they can parrot the rules back, they’re children and they don’t always stop to think. Having unlimited access to the internet can be dangerous.
- They don’t realize certain search terms might not be such a great idea.
- They trust they are messaging other children.
- And they would rather not limit themselves to a few hours of internet use per day.
Protect your Children with Parental Control Software
A Parental Control Software (PCS) package is essentially an internet filter for children. The software blocks your child from accessing and seeing all the inappropriate things online.
Adults can override and disable the software easily, so their own experience is unchanged and unmonitored.
You’ve probably heard of people using “Net Nanny” or “K9 Web Protection,” two very well-known and reliable PCS options.
As an added bonus, Parental Control Software can also be used to put time limits on internet usage, or even log all online activity. While you may not feel the need to review the logs on a daily basis, they can be vital in identifying cyber bullying, sexting, or inappropriate relationships. Parents around the world credit these logs with saving their child’s mental health, and occasionally, their life.
The best time to install Parental Control Software is now, before your children become comfortable with unrestricted access, and before they see things they shouldn’t.
Contact us today to set your computer up with Parental Control Software.