Family Internet Safety
It's your home. It's your family. It's time you take control.
Protect your family
The internet is a great tool for discovery and research. However there are dark sides to the internet that we do not want our children to go.
What We Do
Create an Administrator account on your computer(s), complete with a password for you to use. This places you in full control of your computer systems.
Create standard user accounts for children (or guests) to use. This restricts them from changing your settings, accessing your files and installing most software.
Set up Parental Controls to filter, monitor and set a time schedule on your family's internet activity.
The Tools We Use
There are many methods to filter and monitor your family's internet traffic. They are usually free for home use, and are relatively easy to use.
Microsoft offers Family Safety which works very well with Windows (as you could probably imagine). Simply set up family member accounts in Windows 10. Once created, you can manage the time of day, program access, even downloading from the internet.
Newer home routers typically come with Parental Controls embedded in their basic programming (or firmware). This may not be a universal feature with routers.
Change the DNS settings on the device or home router to a more family friendly internet experience. There are free (for home use) DNS servers that don't allow access to non-family friendly websites. For example, Neustar UltraDNS Public or OpenDNS Family Shield.
General Tips in Protecting Your Family
Keep the family computer in the family room or another open area of your home. If you feel it is necessary for your children to have a computer or laptop in their room, then consider the three-step plan that we outline under 'What We Do' (above).
Communicate with your family your clear and simple rules of the computer. Explain why they are important. Post them on the monitor as a reminder if you need to.
Be involved with your children. Have them show you what they know and where they go online.
Explain to them to never, never, NEVER give out personal information such as their...
Where they go to school
Social Security number
Names of family members
Credit card numbers
Always remember that education is a key part of prevention. Constantly educate yourself and your children.
Speaking of education... learn the lingo! Texting lingo is a language all on its own. Look up many of the acronyms at netlingo.com.
Enable "Safety Mode" for YouTube. You can watch the video below to find out how.
More tips can be found at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's website.