There are an unfathomable amount of sites and apps you don't want your kid to see. Managing your child's online activity can seem like a daunting task. Now, it's easier than ever thanks to intelligent new products, handy software and built-in safety settings. Here are just a few ways to help establish a kid-friendly network.
Keeping Kid-Friendly with Products
The new Disney Circle is an all-in-one family network device that takes minutes to set up. Simply connect it to your family's Wi-Fi, download the app and you're all set. The Circle allows you to manage every device for each user — a perfect choice for families with children of all ages.
Amazon recently launched the Fire Kids Edition tablet, preloaded with the kid-friendly restrictions you'll need. A larger and simpler user-interface makes things easier for your child, while built-in parental controls let you limit screen time. The tablet comes with a sturdy rubber case and a worry-free guarantee; after all, accidents happen.
Sometimes, you may already have a device capable of creating your family network. Modern routers usually ship with some sort of parental controls. Simply select what filters are important to you. Advanced routers and whole home Wi-Fi solutions also keep track of individual users, set internet curfews and much more.
Staying Safe with Software
Kaspersky Internet Security offers a wide array of parental controls and filters. You can easily set limits or windows of internet time specific to weekdays or weekends. Their extensive filtering options let you enable safe search, block games by content or rating and limit communication on social media. Lastly, you can limit file downloading to make sure your child doesn't accidentally download unwanted software.
The Net Nanny app for Android delivers impressive parental control on your child's device. The app separates online content into 18 categories, giving you customizable control on what your kid can access online. Aside from filters, the Net Nanny app lets you set a window of time or a max number of hours where your child can get online with their phone.
Built-in Safety Settings
If you have a device with Windows 10, 8, or 8.1, you have access to Microsoft Family Controls. Create a child user account and adjust their settings on the Microsoft family safety website (https://account.microsoft.com/family/about). Here, you can limit screen time, view activity reports and much more.
As long as you're browsing on Google Chrome, you have access to create a supervised user. On the Google sign-in screen, click on the section that says Create a supervised user. Once you create an account for your child, you can receive a report about which sites they visit, then block unwanted sites.
Best Buy 2016-09-12T09:30:50-05:00