HOW TO MAKE THE IN­TER­NET SAFE FOR YOUR CHILD

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - DIY SPECIAL -

The In­ter­net can be a good learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for chil­dren. But at the same time it can also be a dan­ger­ous place if they are left un­mon­i­tored. Here is how to make the brows­ing safe for them. EN­VI­RON­MENT: Be in­volved in your child’s In­ter­net ac­tiv­i­ties. This will also let you su­per­vise them. Keep­ing the com­puter in an open area can be a de­ter­rent for the child to not do some­thing that is for­bid­den. Mon­i­tor com­puter ac­tiv­ity by reg­u­larly check­ing his­tory. Also make sure that you know your child’s email pass­word. Par­ti­tion the com­puter in such a way that there is a child-safe ac­count with all the other stuff be­hind a pass­word. Tell chil­dren not to in­ter­act with strangers on­line in any way. Tell them not to dis­close phone num­bers or ad­dresses on­line. They should also not send pho­to­graphs to strangers or meet them off­line with­out their par­ents. SOFT­WARE: Block in­ap­pro­pri­ate con­tent by ac­ti­vat­ing parental con­trols in Win­dows. The Win­dows Live Fam­ily Safety and other such soft­ware helps fil­ter in­for­ma­tion based on a child's age. You can also limit searches, block or al­low cer­tain web­sites, and mon­i­tor what chil­dren do on­line. Even Mir­crosoft XBox and other game soft­ware have parental con­trols that pre­vent chil­dren from playing in­ap­pro­pri­ate games or con­tent. Block sites and down­loads that might be a risk to your security and pri­vacy. Free games, free mu­sic, an­i­mated tool­bars and other down­loads can ex­pose your com­puter to spy­ware and mal­ware. Teach chil­dren not to down­load any­thing with­out your per­mis­sion. Ad­just web browser security set­tings to al­low only web­sites with the high­est security lev­els. In­stall browsers like Kidzui, Pik­luk and Kidrocket that limit their ac­cess to kid-safe web­sites. Some of them browsers even pre­vent the chil­dren from down­load­ing stuff or ac­cess drives in the com­puter.

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