Internet security for your kids is much more than just restriction of online content – it is about practicing safe and responsible online behaviour. MacKeeper security experts give their professional advice of how to configure live parental control to make sure your child is safe online.
If you are parents of children entering their teen years you might feel anxious about knowing where they are online as they are exposed to a boundless outside world. As soon as they get access to the internet a lot of parents are willing to use parental monitoring software to ensure their online safety.
There are few steps how to configure parental control on your Mac OS:
1) MacKeeper security experts recommend setting up this feature by creating individual restricted account for your child.
To set up this account follow these simple steps:
- Open System Preferences icon in the dock –> Click on “Parental Controls”
- Click the Lock icon in the bottom left of the window.
- Click the Add (‘+’) icon in the bottom left of the window.
2) Now you can configure the needed restrictions either right here or with help of MacKeeper safe browsing tool. Add to your whitelist those websites that are good for your children, and restrict the access to bad sites by adding them to blacklist.
Apart from configuring Parental control it is necessary to help your children understand the rules of safe browsing. Recent studies* on internet activities among youngsters found that although 59% of children are social networking by 10 years old, just 32% of parents feel ‘very confident’ about helping them stay safe online.
Two thirds (67%) turn to their parents when they experience difficulties online.
While 63% of parents check their child’s internet activity at least once a week, more than a fifth (21%) are not confident they could install parental controls, and just under a half (46%) admit not being confident or aware of the school internet policy.
If you are one of those 32% here there are few tips directly from our security experts:
- Kids usually cannot remember complex passwords containing numbers and symbols so the best for them is to use long sentences.
- Apply standards you adopt offline to the online world and this will increase safety online. Be careful about giving out any personal information including photos, phone numbers, emails – as soon as they are out you cannot control them any more.
- Speak about the risks your kids may encounter online without scaring them and make sure they keep up with the latest social media trends. Work with kids rather than control them.
You see that parental control tools can be very useful, but it’s about children understanding simple safety rules. Talk about anything and everything with your kids and of course do not forget to configure security settings on the computer.
*Opinium surveyed 1,006 parents of children aged eight to 16 online and 1,004 children aged eight to 16 between October 17-24, DailyMail