Protecting Your Family Online

Surprised boy with computerThere is hardly a child or teenager in the western world who does not use the internet. Although the internet can be great entertainment and a useful tool for your child, it is important to remember that there are dangers that lurk online. As the parent of children who use the internet, what internet safety products can you use to protect them while browsing or while using Facebook and other social networking sites? It depends on the individual situation that your family is experiencing.

There are a lot of reasons that a parent might want to be able to control her child’s browsing ability. The child might bring up the common issues of invasion of privacy. The safety of your child vs. her privacy. No one can make that call but you.

How can you protect your child? Of course, you will want to discuss internet safety with your child in an age appropriate way. You would also want to set rules for your child to follow. But did you also know that you have other tools available that can greatly enhance internet safety for your family?

Some online dangers are:

  • online bullying
  • the ready availability of inappropriate sexual material
  • meeting places where young people with eating disorders hang out
  • gang activity
  • unscrupulous drug outlets
  • dangerous downloads loaded with spyware, viruses, bots, and more
  • credit card fraud
  • identity theft
  • the potential for meeting an online predator

What can parents do to protect their family online?

Today there are many internet safety products that parents can take advantage of. Just a few years ago, these tools typically fell under the heading of basic parental controls and anti-virus protection. There was the basic Internet Explorer safety tools option and a few other filter software options that really did not provide accurate filtering capability. In today’s market there are other weapons available that go beyond the basics.

There are also products available that work to keep your personal information safe. There are anti-virus programs, browsing accountability options, content filtering software, and more. There are even programs available that can help you salvage your personal or damaging info when it has been sent out into the Internet.

Take the time to check out some of the parental control options that are available to you. They can help you keep your child safe when they use the internet.  A number of them are discussed on this site and available for purchase via the links provided.