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Parents - Security for Children on the Internet

Strategies that can be used to help keep kids safe on the Internet

  • Set up a restricted user account for children (not an admin account), or the child can disable any protection you setup. For the Windows operating system, you can change this in "Control Panel -> User Accounts"
  • Don't leave your account logged in and walk away from the computer. If you share the computer with a child, log out when you are done or make sure to lock the screen so your password is required to get back on your account.
  • If a child knows your password, change it.
  • Log browsing history, beyond the browser's history functions. Filtering products like K-9 (below) and most routers will log a URL history. This is harder to crack (since the child presumably wouldn't have the router password). Sometimes the logs are restricted to a couple days, or need to be manually enabled, but they are there.
  • Anti-virus, anti-phishing, and anti-malware software do not protect children from porn or perverts.
  • Make sure kids know how and why to use fake addresses, phone numbers, and zip codes, and not to post pictures of body parts on social networking sites (or send via MMS). They need to know that this is a crime, they are not anonymous, and police will come talk to them about it.
  • Kids need to know that there are bad people with bad intentions lurking out there. Talk to them about kidnapping and predators. Show them some true stories.
  • For younger children, restrict or monitor email, facebook, myspace, twitter, or other social networking or instant messaging accounts. Most of the software below can help with this.

The Bottom Line

  • The determined child will get around any filtering.
  • Children's access should be monitored. Place the computer in the living room where you can see the monitor.

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