Protecting the Innocence of Children Online

Internet Safety

Some people claim that children are not exposed to enough real world material today, or that society is becoming too sensitive in general. While this group might be correct in certain instances, children do not need to see adult material by any stretch of the imagination! Knowing how to block these websites is important for parents. If you need some help in this regard, read on!

Knowing Bad Websites
Parents should know which websites they want to block their children from seeing. For example, they probably will not want their seven year old looking at pages with information about rated R movies, but they may very well be perfectly fine with their 17 year old doing the same. Heading into the privacy settings with an idea of what parents want to block makes the process less overwhelming, and you will end up with less misunderstandings between your child. You don’t want to constantly be giving into various pleas – you want one swift change. Then, get used to it!

Blocking the Sites
About’s article entitled “Keep Kids From Seeing Adult Sites,” written by Linda Roeder, provides valuable steps as to how to block these sites. Head to “Tools” on the browser. Then select “Internet Options” followed by “Content.” Go to the “Content Advisor” section and click on “Enable.” Parents will now have multiple options for blocking certain sites. The “Ratings” tab allows them to set certain ratings for violence, language and so forth, while the “Approved Sites” tab allows parent to specifically block and allow certain sites. The “General” tab allows parents to use both of these aforementioned options, while also creating a password for certain sites.

A Step Further
Roeder goes on to explain how parents can go even further to prevent their children from seeing certain inappropriate websites. The Internet browser settings may not always work, since children might be able to figure out how to remove them, or they might be able to figure out the password that their parents have chosen. Roeder lists several different types of Internet blocking software that parents can purchase if they feel the need to. Some of these programs include We-Blocker, which is free, CyberSitter and CyberPatrol.

Open Dialogue
Some children have absolutely no interest in visiting sites that include foul language, violence and so forth; however, they can still accidentally stumble upon such websites or mistakenly click an ad that takes them there. For younger children, parents may want to keep tighter reigns on the situation, so that the little ones do not start asking questions before they are really mature enough to know the answers. Additionally, parents can peruse the Internet with younger children or stay nearby to keep an eye on what they are doing. With older children, parents can still monitor what they are doing. However, they may want to loosen the reigns a little bit. For example, websites with curse words on them might prevent teenagers, who quite possibly already know these words, from accessing otherwise safe websites.

It can certainly be a scary world out there, and the Internet greatly contributes to that. Finding a balance between shielding children from everything in the world and allowing children complete control over their Internet experience is a struggle for some parents. Utilizing some simple tools and easy procedures can make a world of difference in these situations.

Tommy O’Donnell writes about parenting, finance & business. He is a contributing writer at http://www.grouphealthinsurance.org.

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