Internet Safety for Parents – What Works Best?

Internet Safety for Parents – What Works Best?

Internet safety is a growing concern for parents. This is partially due to an ever-growing list of web services, browsers and devices. There are a range of safeguards available, helping parents control what websites their child is visiting. But what levels of control best suit your needs? This comprehensive list should help you find a solution that works for both you and your child.

Parental Level Controls

Some of the simplest methods can be the most effective. Place your computer in an area where your child’s online activity can be easily monitored. The living room is a common and practical example. This is ideal for desktops, but slightly more difficult for phones and tablets. 

Web Service Level Controls

Services such as Google and YouTube have a social responsibility to help provide internet safety for parents. Therefore, many will have tools available such as Google’s SafeSearch and YouTube Safety Mode. These are relatively easy to switch on, but unfortunately that means it is just as easy for kids to switch them off. You will have to have to set controls for each individual program, which can become complicated and time-consuming.

Browser Level Controls

Parental control settings can be applied not only through individual websites, but through browsers like Google Chrome. This is an effective level of control, and can usually be activated through a browser’s Settings menu. Most web browsers nowadays provide the ability to enhance their standard setting even further through 3rd party plugins. The problem however, with browser level controls is that they are less accommodating for different levels of access.

User Level Controls

It is likely that you will want different levels of internet access for yourself than for your children. This makes certain levels of control slightly more difficult. Fortunately you can make use of User Profiles as a solution. Having one User Profile per family member, or one for the children in your house, is a simple way of limiting exposure to harmful online content. If you do this however, you must ensure that your own profile is password protected, so the kids stay on their own profile! 

Device Level Controls

The range of internet-connected devices in the average home is growing. More kids are using smartphones and tablets, with many having their own personal devices. This complicates efforts to keep up with internet access. Fortunately, most manufacturers consider this in their safety features. More often than not parental controls are built into these devices by default. We all know how difficult it is, however, to wrestle a smartphone out of a teenager's hand! It is likely you'll have to set up levels of control as soon as you purchase the device. 

Network Level Controls

Tools that control internet access on a network level can definitely simplify internet safety for parents. LucidView Enforcer is a perfect example of this. Unlike all the previous options, LucidView Enforcer helps you control all connected devices from one easy-to-use online portal. You can also determine how long you want to allow or block certain websites for. You can also have multiple settings for each online device. These can be customised easily, so everyone can have access to safe internet in a way that best fits them. 

LucidView Enforcer ensures that kids are protected from unsafe or inappropriate content, regardless of what device, browser or service they use.

For as little as 10p per day you can provide safe, clean internet for your home and/or business. Our easy to install device is your one-stop solution for all your internet and online needs. 

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