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PC Security: Parental Control Software

We work hard to protect our children. We make sure that they understand personal safety (don't talk to strangers, look both ways when crossing the street, don't put that in your mouth, etc). We make sure that we provide safe homes for them with locks and security systems. We make sure that they are protected with the foods that they eat, and the vitamins that we give them. But many people often overlook one of the newest dangers to our children - the Internet.

The Internet has information and misinformation on everything you can imagine. Anything that you teach your child can and will be taught in the exact opposite way on the Internet. You can bank on that, and to preserve your child's innocence, as well as the values and morals that you have instilled in them, you must work to protect your child from the Internet.

Children are often exposed to more than misinformation or information, opinions, and values that differ from those we are trying to teach however. They are also exposed to real physical dangers, such as that which comes from pedophiles. They may also innocently give out information that we work to keep private, such as credit card numbers.

The first step to protecting your child from the dangers of the Internet is to teach them how to use it safely, and just as you taught them not to talk to strangers, you must teach them about what is safe and what is not safe on the Internet. Young children should always be monitored by a responsible adult when accessing the Internet, and the computer in general. Teenagers, however, are harder to supervise when it comes to the Internet.

Would you be surprised to find that your teenager has seen pornographic websites? Would you be surprised to find that your teen has probably had conversations with pedophiles online? The chances are very good that they have, if they access the Internet unsupervised. You may think that your child would never - but you would be wrong. Children are curious, and teenagers are especially curious.

Regardless of how old your child is, keep the computer that they use in an open, public area of your home, such as the living room or kitchen. This way, you can keep a closer eye on what they are looking at and doing on the computer, without completely invading their privacy. If you want real security, don't give them the password to the computer, so it can only be used when you are home to put the password in.

Install parental control software. It can be expensive, but when it comes to your childs safety, no expense should be spared. Parental control software will block access to certain sites, and also prevent certain sites that contain specific keywords from loading in the browser. You can create your own list of keywords that should be blocked, or use the pre-designed list that comes with the software.

Parental control software can also block instant messaging, email, news groups, P2P file downloads, and more. All of this not only presents a danger to your child, but to your computer system as well. It is important, however, to remember that even Parental Control Software won't catch everything.

Another option is to install spy software on your child's computer. There is software that will log keys pressed, as well as software that will give you a list of every website visited, instant messenger conversations, and even copies of emails sent and received. Of course, using such software is extreme, and your child would absolutely feel that their privacy had been invaded should they come to find that you've used it. It should be a last resort in most cases.

Remember that it is your child's safety at stake - not just their values or your computer system. The Internet is a vast place, and it is easy for a young user to end up in a place where they should not be if you are not properly safeguarding them.

  PC Security: Index
  PC Security: Internet Browsers
  PC Security: Spam
  PC Security: Stopping Spam Part 1
  PC Security: Stopping Spam Part 2
  PC Security: Spam Scams
  PC Security: Email Security and Spam
  PC Security: Email Security
  PC Security: Computer Viruses
  PC Security: Protecting Computers From Viruses
  PC Security: Worm Viruses
  PC Security: Trojan Horse Viruses
  PC Security: Rootkits
  PC Security: Removing a Virus
  PC Security: Virus Hoaxes
  PC Security: Server Viruses
  PC Security: Home Network
  PC Security: Cell Phone Viruses
  PC Security: Spyware
  PC Security: Firewalls Part 1
  PC Security: Firewalls Part 2
  PC Security: Parental Control Software
  PC Security: Malware - Spyware and Adware
  PC Security: Data Backups
  PC Security: Pop Up Windows
  PC Security: Safe Public Computer Use

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