How to Choose Internet Parenting Blocks
Imagine never bothering to teach your child how to cross the road, or refuse car lifts from strangers… Parents are only too aware of the responsibility they have to keep their children safe as they start to explore the wider physical world. But when it comes to exploring online worlds the issues are complex and difficult to navigate.
The parental paradox of the 21st century centres upon the desire to allow young people access to the positive aspects of the internet whilst keeping them safe from the dangers it has spawned. Parents now worry about internet addiction, online gambling, livestreaming, grooming and radicalisation. This is a new problem to manage and parents are looking for ways to help their children understand how to to access the internet safely and responsibly.
What Are Internet Parenting Blocks?
There are now a range of ways that parents can actively control what their children see, access or engage with online. They all involve setting parenting blocks in one way or another, and at best they act as a way to teach your child about responsible online activity. Broadly these devices fall into three distinct categories.
Parental Control Apps
Apps like Qustodio allow parents to protect their family simply by installing their app on a desktop, tablet or phone. It works on pretty much any device, is easy to set up, and allows you to create restrictions or controls for each of your children’s devices individually. You’re offered the option to set up parenting blocks or trigger warnings by category. Or you can set up blocks or warnings on individual websites. Once you access the premium version you can also set time limits, track locations and block apps.
Companion Router Solutions
Rather than buying a new router, products like iKydz provide a ‘companion router’ which overrides your router settings and gives you control over how your kids use the internet. Once the router is set up and you’ve downloaded the app you can stop access to the internet, use parenting blocks on inappropriate content, set age-based restrictions, track locations, and schedule the time your children spend online. The controls are simple, flexible and easy to manage.
A Smart Home Router With Parental Controls Built In
As our homes become smarter, routers will get more and more sophisticated in order to service them. The Netgear Nighthawk ac1900 allows you to optimise your bandwidth for streaming and gaming, and it works seamlessly with digital assistants which means it can be controlled by voice. It also comes with parental controls which can be accessed via an app which you download. Once you’re up and running you will be able to fully manage, or support, your child’s online experience.
AgeChecked Software Supports Parental Controls
Creating a safer online environment for young people is not solely the remit of parents but responsibility also lies with website owners and online vendors. AgeChecked works with responsible online companies to provide fast and efficient age checks that help to ensure young people are unable to access age restricted products online.