Are your children asking you for permission to get on Pinterest? It’s pretty hard NOT to be a Pinterest fan, with all of those beautiful pictures – no wonder it’s the third-most visited social networking site and that your children are so eager to get on to it. It’s not surprising then, as a result of the site’s dramatic increase in popularity, that Pinterest has become a haven for cybercriminals.
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for example, Pinterest users are unaware that some of the images they are pinning to their pages are in fact taking them through to phishing sites set up to gain access to user’s personal information. And if that’s not bad enough, now the Survey Scam also signs you up for mobile messaging services that charge huge amounts for annoying texts that are very hard to get rid of. So it’s not just about sharing your visual ideals… When your children ask you if they can go on Pinterest, it's fair to be concerned about what they might come across, or who they might end up giving their personal information to. Stop stressing! BullGuard’s about to make it a lot easier on you.
Here are some quick parenting tips on how best to use Pinterest with your children:
When you’re not worrying about accidentally sharing scams, it’s easy to lose track of time on Pinterest, so BullGuard recommends setting a time limit on the site for your children, no more than 30 minutes at a time. Because Pinterest is a site predominantly used by adults (the terms of service
state users must be 13+), and there is no Pinterest parental control per say, it’s safer if Mom or Dad initiates the searches; while there isn’t a lot of ‘adult only’ content on the site, you’re better off guiding your children to appropriate images. Here are some topics to try: flowers, trucks, animals, makeup, movie characters and books. If your children are at the age where they’d like to start pinning their own images, help them by coming up with projects so that they’re not just randomly selecting pretty things. These suggestions are perfect for children that want to spend time with you on Pinterest, but what about older children who are allowed online without your ‘Pinterest parental control’? BullGuard’s Internet Security software has parental controls
for that very reason. Here are some highlights – you can:
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- Filter and block content based on age(3-7, 8-12, 13-17)
- Set time limits for the kids that always run over on their allotted time
- Block your private information from being accessed by sites, i.e. credit card numbers
- Receive reports of websites and software your children are using on the computer, and for how long
- Stop your children from accessing all types of adult content when surfing online, such as drugs, weapons, chat sites, and instant messaging.