What are Parental Controls?

Introduction

The growth of the Internet of things coupled with new innovative solutions has made the world at our fingertips. Anything a person needs is just a click away. But this may be cumbersome and problematic if one is a parent, guardian, or teacher. The main issue amongst parents is how do we control our children’s access to some websites?  What privacy measures should they implement? What control measures can we put in place? And this is where the subject of Parental control comes in. What are parental controls?

Parental controls are software or control measures put in devices or websites to restrict access to them and allow parents to monitor their children’s internet usage. These privacy setting control measures help monitor, track, and prevent children from accessing inappropriate, unsuitable, or illegal content online. These privacy control measures can be implemented at devices, search engines, video streaming sites, chat software, internet service providers, and more.

Prevention Methods to Set Parental Controls

Many preventive methods can be enforced to implement privacy control measures for children. There are four key places that can be enforced with parental controls measures that can help to set up privacy control measures.

  1. Mobile operator: Website control filters can be implemented to block any un-approved websites.
  2. Internet service provider: One can Control or block and filter access to some sites that have inappropriate content
  3. Device: Devices such as phones, tablets, the laptop have some privacy restriction mechanisms to restrict spending time on some apps, screen time and disable some functions.
  4. Manage and restrict the types of video content that can be accessed.

How to Set Parental Controls

Parental control can help to restrict, prevent, and filter access to various inappropriate content for children. However, what is cumbersome to many is how to implement this control mechanism on each device can be quite a challenge. I will highlight how to set and implement parental control measures in various sites and devices.

Parental Control for Windows 10

This is the best method to protect children using inbuilt Windows 10 settings that will provide monitoring ability per person. One can set a limit to a computer and which apps a child is allowed to use. Since the operating system is well connected to the cloud servers, a parent can get regular reports on computers usage by the kids. Another key feature with using Windows 10. It is easy to install software like Qustodio that provides parental control mechanisms. Parents need to create an account for the child and enable all parent control measures to implement these restriction control measures. This feature instantly restricts the child to some content and blocks the InPrivate browsing features. 

Parental control YouTube

Children love watching videos. Using YouTube as a streaming site makes it very easy for children to be addicted to accessing inappropriate content. However, setting and installing the YouTube Kids app makes it very easy to set parental control measures and customize them to a child’s needs. One can set a timer, block some video content, block channels, and restrict a child’s access to YouTube

A parent can also turn off the search bar on YouTube. This will prevent children from searching for any videos over the network. There is also a need to ensure that restrictive measures are put in place for both the device browser and the YouTube app. 

Parental Control Google Chrome

Google chrome is one of the most used web browsers. Parents should create a Google account for their children to best monitor and implement restrictive measures on this browser. With the help of an account, children will be restricted to access some sites, i.e.:

  1. Children will not be able to use incognito mode.
  2. Parents can easily manage and track their children’s activities online
  3. Google Chrome will implement a chrome sync feature for parental management.
  4. Children will not have access to the apps on the google play store and chrome web store features. 

Alternatively, parents can easily implement a Google family link that allows them to easily view and monitor their children’s activities. This will make it easy to manage the applications children can download, control screen time, lock a children’s device and track their location. 

Parental Control Netflix

With streaming sites comes new foams that children can easily access inappropriate content. However, Netflix has implemented new features that make it easy for a parent to regulate what their children watch and is easy to track. Parents can create Password/pin-protected profiles to implement preventive access features, apply restrictive filters to specific titles, disable auto play mode, access viewing history, lock profiles on account, block some maturity shows, etc. 

Parental Control iPhone

Apple has integrated restrictions control mechanisms to their devices for children. This measure can set downtime, limit access to some apps, and restrict some sites and content privacy. In comparison, using an Apple device, the most important feature that a parent should disallow in-app purchases. This feature ensures that a child cannot purchase or access some apps without your knowledge. However, many iPhones parental control mechanisms can be implemented using guided access tools for a device.

Parental Control Apps

In the world of mobile applications, there are added restrictive measures that can be implemented using apps that add an extra level of protection to keeping your children safe. In addition, to set parental control restrictive measures to children’s devices, parents need to consider application monitoring solutions and mechanisms to manage and control their children’s devices. Many companies across the globe, like Panda Dome family and WatchGuard, have developed apps that help restrict the time a child can access online. It allows parents and system administrators to restrict children from accessing specific websites, some features, implement location tracking and block certain apps. 

Conclusion

In conclusion, parental control measures are not enough. Like any other tool, a restrictive parental control mechanism can only aid the parents in doing their job but cannot and will never replace them. Parents should act as the first line of parental care, naturing and offering guidance. In technology, new innovative ways always emerge that children can use to maneuver and bypass all the set protocols. Parents need to educate and mentor their children on good morals and ethics that are in tandem with societal morals. The best form of parental control is always natured by mutual trust between parents and their children.