The coming days are dedicated to flagging up potential dangers faced by children. Given that many parents are unsure about parental control software we thought it is an appropriate time to remind everyone just how useful online parental control is and also just how simple it is to use.
This week is Child Safety Week
. It’s an annual campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust
(CAPT) and is designed to raise awareness about child accidents and how they can be prevented. Each year there’s a different theme and this one focuses on the morning chaos that many people experience as everyone in the house scrambles to get out on time. To get its message across CAPT has created a mischievous villain dubbed Morning Mayhem, who is responsible for all sorts of mishaps from hot drink scalds to young children tumbling down the stairs because safety gates have been left open. Previous themes have centred on preventing drowning and strangulation, two areas which by simply mentioning momentarily stops people in their tracks. Of course these dangers are evident throughout the year and in a nod to the awareness campaign and with a desire to contribute something positive, we’re addressing an issue that many parents raise: how to use parental controls to protect children online.
So, what is Parental Control?
Parents instinctively understand the benefits of parental control software; it allows them to discretely monitor what messages and images their children may be receiving and also to keep an eye on who might be trying to friend them on social networks. Parental control is a component within three BullGuard products, BullGuard Premium Protection
, BullGuard Internet Security
and BullGuard Mobile Security
. Each product addresses different needs, tough and robust protection for important personal data, comprehensive protection against Internet-borne threats and rigorous safeguards for mobile devices. However, the parental control module is essentially the same across all three products and it’s real easy to use. It downloads as part of the wider product and is managed via a dashboard in the software.
How to set up Parental Control easily
Through a series of simple clicks a parent can create a profile for their child to determine which content they can access. For example, filters can be simply set up which block adult, sexual and controversial content. A predefined rating system makes it easy to block content or if parents feel a page is unnecessarily blocked they can allow access to it.
It’s even possible to define the times children are allowed to access the internet, which given that many parents often find their kids spending too much time online is a useful feature. To prevent children from editing the parental control settings, these can only be accessed with an account password.
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The filtering and blocking tool also allow parents to create lists of private information that can’t be used such as credit card numbers, email addresses, names and phone numbers. Other keywords can also be added. And of course, there is also the ability to monitor a child’s social media activity to protect against ‘stranger danger.’ If someone attempts to ‘friend’ your child on Facebook for example, and they’re unknown, it is flagged up in the management module. It might seem like a lot of management effort is required by the parent but once the profile is set up it actually requires little input. If you’re familiar with using different types of software, setting up your child’s unique profile requires little more than a bit of clicking to put the appropriate filters in place. In short, it’s a breeze. And if you are unsure, friendly and expert 24/7 support
will guide you and put your right.