Safety Tips

    Parental Controls to Deter Cyberbullying

    It's rare to find a child these days who does not own a smartphone, a tablet or at least have some sort of internet access. The world is constantly moving forward and it's important that our children are able to use the technology which will no doubt become more prevalent in their lifetimes, but it's even more important that they know how to stay safe whilst using it, because it does not come without risks.

    One problem which affects a lot of children is bullying. Whilst years ago children would able to escape the bullies in the playground once they got home, nowadays the internet gives children a way to stay in touch 24/7, which means bullies can still reach your child whenever they like.

    Text messaging, social networking, emailing, calling, and instant messaging all allow people to get in touch with your child, and sometimes this includes people they do not know, and whose motives may not be pleasant. Security software such as McAfee SecurityCentre and McAfee Mobile Security well help you to keep your children protected from online dangers.

    By installing parental controls, you'll be able to restrict what your children have access to on the internet, so you can be sure they are not going to come across any adult websites which are inappropriate for them. You'll also be able to put a limit on the amount of time they can spend online, so they won't be using the internet without your knowledge. Plus, you can use image and keyword filtering to restrict what your children can search for so that they aren't accessing anything inappropriate or offensive.

    Keyword filtering is particularly handy for children because it means that any unsuitable language such a swearing which is used in communications like emails and instant messages will also be blocked, so your child will not receive any offensive messages. You can also block entire websites, so if your child is experiencing bullying on Facebook, for example, you can stop them from accessing it altogether. Whilst there is no way to completely stop cyberbullying, there are ways in which you can reduce it and protect your child. If you suspect that your child may be involved in bullying somebody else, you can monitor their online activities using regular reporting so that if a situation does arise, you can sort it out quickly.