Smart assistants for your car, and how to keep your kids safe with computers
T3’ s online safety officer is here to explain tech right from wrong
How can I keep my kid safe with a computer?
AGuru’s experiences with small children (and, let’s face it, his own experiences breaking the family PC as a teen and the family ZX Spectrum as a tot) tell him this much: there’s not much you can do. Before you even think about the technology, employ a decent dose of education to teach your kids what’s possible, what shouldn’t be touched, and the precise dangers of the cesspit of humanity that is the internet. Even the cheekiest children will be clever enough to know that if they have a bad time – or if you catch them having slightly too good a time – things won’t end well.
So if you must put the tech into their hands, then lock down their user account, either on Windows or, if you’re crazy enough to spend MacBook money on kids, on macOS . Both offer family accounts; Windows’ example gives you more direct control from afar. You can log into the Microsoft website to set access times, see what your kid has been up to, and even chip a little into their Microsoft Store account, if you can find anything they actually want on it.
Even if you’re not interested in the faff of setting up all that, most modern routers have been beefed up enough that they can offer you a layer of traffic management. Isolate your progeny’s machine, and you’ll be able to filter, throttle or cut the internet depending on their behaviour, and feign innocence or blame one of the angrier minor gods when they come gnashing their teeth about it. Some of Netgear’s routers have Disney’s easy Circle parental controls too.
Most modern routers have been beefed up enough that they can offer you a layer of traffic management
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