Parents Internet Guide - Parental Controls

A Parent's Guide to the Internet and it's Dangers to Children, and Parental Controls software information.

Friday, October 07, 2005

How To Tell Your Children They Are Being Monitored

First, express to them that Internet safety is a family concern and the software is installed for the protection of everyone. Stress that the child is not being singled out. It is important to let the child know before hand that they are being monitored as the child may feel like they are being betrayed if they are confronted with the information after the fact. In order to receive passwords from children or as an explanation for why you are not giving children certain passwords, you can use identity theft as an excuse, explaining that security of any kind affects the entire family.

If you are reluctant to "spy" on your children you may want to consider installing monitoring software anyway because the software will keep an accurate record of where your child has been online and whom they have spoken with. This is important if a crime occurs because you will have records to hand the authorities. This information could save a life, catch a predator or even keep your child out of trouble with regards to cyberbullying or piracy. Also keep in mind that there are parental control programs that limit the amount of time your child spends online, deny access to certain websites and chat rooms and keep certain individuals from contacting your child through email and instant messengers. So, even if you do not want to "spy" on your child, you can be sure they are being safe online.

Lastly, do not let the child set up the parental controls. If you are uncomfortable with this process notify technical support for the product you have purchased and they can walk you through the process. Also consider contacting a support center, such as the Geek Squad, who are certified and may have a quicker response than some software specific support techs.

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