The digital age has changed what it means to be a child. There are some things that children don’t want to see online and that you, as a parent, would rather they didn’t. Parental controls are the names for filters and blockers of certain content, and can help you protect your children from the things they shouldn’t see or do online.
Where can I set parental controls and what can I protect?
There are three levels of parental controls that you should be aware of:
Setting parental controls
Children’s discovery of the internet should be encouraged when they’re in a safe environment. It’s important to activate your parental controls in order to filter out content your children shouldn’t be seeing. Many parents put this off because they think it’ll be difficult. It’s easy and we can show you how.
We’ve created a guide to parental controls including how-to guides to setting up the controls on the major networks, devices, services and entertainment providers in your home, including some of the most popular:
But remember, parental controls are not fool-proof
Some content and sites can be encrypted, which means they’re coded in a way that prevents the controls from knowing that it is. There are also ways of bypassing controls software if your child is technologically savvy enough.
One of the most effective ways of dealing with the issues is by talking with your child about them. Read up about them and work out the best way of approaching this subject with your child. If you maintain an open and honest dialogue with them where they understand the risks, it can often be as effective as preventing them from seeing the content in the first place.
- Childnet (2013)
- Financial Fraud Action UK
- ICM Survey for BBC3 (2014)