The older your children get, the more moot content filtering may seem. If you’re letting your kids watch “Walking Dead” or “Game of Thrones”, limiting what content they see may come across as contradictory. But there comes a point where you start to be concerned about their engagement with the rest of the world. If their friends come over to play a violent video game, you can always gauge them in person.
But what about their online friends? Are they who they say they are, and what exactly are your kids telling these people?
This is where social media trackers are most efficiently used. You’ll have the choice to restrict how interactions and posts that contain inappropriate words are seen. You can see the interactions directly and investigate them on your own.
For the most part, social media tracking installation necessitates knowing your kids’ usernames and passwords, unless you can convince your child to log in themselves prior to installing the tracking app. It is easy for a child to disable the app, though. And the way social media networks are programmed, accessibility of their accounts generally warrants your child’s permission.
Remote Management and Notification
You may choose to obtain notifications, via email or text, whenever your kid attempts to access a blocked site, if they use bad language, or if they violate a rule you set in place. Utilities like this allow kids to remotely ask for a parental override to unblock a specific site, perhaps to obtain additional time to complete homework.
To operate your parental control system, simply log into an online console, then adjust the settings, examine activity reports, or approve (or disapprove) of an override request by your kid. Any modifications you make will affect your kids’ devices once they try to go online.
Once you get the basics under control, parental control systems start to go in different directions. Several of them restrict TV, movie and game use depending on their ratings. Some parents choose to regulate their kids’ instant messaging activity. Blocking those kinds of applications is an advanced feature, and similar to enforcing “Safe Search” when people look up something on search engines.
Some standard features come in advanced versions. For instance, the most effective content filters don’t just rely on a category database, they assess content on pages in real time so that they can still display whatever’s on the page, minus the blocked content.
The digital age certainly makes proper parenting a challenge. Once upon a time, before the Internet became mainstream, people interacted either in person or over the phone. Porn was hard to attain – you either needed to see it in magazines or videotapes.
These days, the majority of kids are skilled in the art of programming. Most of us would like to be protected from cyber-bullies and adult content. We would love to limit how much time our kids spend online (the average amount is 8 hours per day). Fortunately, there are lots of software to choose from that can make these wishes feasible.