If there is one thing that parents should know about, it is keeping an eye on the kids.
It is by far one of the most important things about parenting, which cannot be negotiated on. Keeping an eye on the kids is a full time job for any parent.
It is not something that can be done for a short period of time, after which the work comes to an end. On the contrary, it is something that keeps going on until the child becomes a couple of years old. And even then, there will still be a need for adult supervision, in one way or another. Out of the many such issues that abound, one of the most pressing concerns that many parents have with regard to their children, is about their internet use.
Given the potential dangers that exist with internet use, it is natural that any responsible parent will share these concerns. Some of these issues include, but are not limited to, porn sites, phishing sites, malware, viruses, etc. All of these can have a very negative effect, if they aren’t managed and controlled properly. And this is especially true in the case of children, in comparison to what it would be in the case of an adult, given that adults tend to be more responsible and aware of the world.
When it comes to keeping a check on your child’s internet usage, there are plenty of options worth considering.
One of the most important, by far, is through the use of appropriate monitoring and internet use management software. The software take care of two functions, namely,
- Keeping a Track on The Child’s Internet Use
The first function that the software serves is to keep a track on the way a child uses the internet. This can range from the sites that the child accesses, to the amount of time spent on each site, and just about everything else in between.
The way that the software works is by keeping a track of all the websites that was accessed on a device, (whether it is a smartphone or a personal computer) and log the amount of time spent on each website.
Also to note here is that the logging process is entirely in the background, meaning that the child will not know about its presence in any way.
Some of the software will allow you to even have reports of the sites mailed to your email address, or any other such designated place. They also retain backups as well, should anything go wrong and the data get lost.
- Blocking Access to Unwanted Websites
The second function of such software, is through the active
blocking of unwanted websites, in one way or another.
The way the blocks work is fairly easy to understand. A detailed list of just about every potentially unwanted single website is compiled by the software vendor, which is then instructed to be blocked by the software.
This is a more hands on approach to managing a kid’s online time, since parents need not worry about a child accessing unwanted sites in any way, whether intentionally or unintentionally.
In other words, all potentially unwanted sites can be blocked before the child even gets his hands on the computer, making the work all the more easier for the parent.
The Ideal Software
Given that there are two separate functions, some parents wonder as to the best one to go for.
The answers may vary depending on who you talk to, but as a general rule, it is always good to go for a software that does both.
Simply put, software that serves the purpose of monitoring internet use, as well as blocking potentially dangerous sites, is the best one to go for.
Another important thing to add here is that the more the number of software on a phone, the slower the device will become. The reason for this is that an increase in the number of background applications will increase the resource needs on the device. What this means is that, in simple words, the usage of two different software instead of one, is very likely going to increase the amount of resources that are required on the phone.
One of the most important things about the software that many parents want to know about is that of the price.
There are two options that parents can go for, namely, free and paid.
There is several free software that helps to block unwanted sites and monitor internet use. They come at no cost to the user, while at the same time giving all the benefits. About the only limitation of free software is that the degree of customer support and upgrades tend to be limited.
Coming to paid software, there are many software around, which come in a variety of price ranges. It shouldn’t be hard to find one that caters to one’s wallet factor and internet needs at the same time. An important advantage of paid software is that, the degree of customer support and software upgrades are generally higher. In addition to this, the software are also available in a ‘trial’ form, where you can try the software for a period of time, before you decide on actually purchasing the same.
If you are wondering on the right software to go for, feel free to check out the many reviews that each software has, in places like Google Play Store, so as to know what other people’s experience has been with it. In general, the better the review of the app, the better the software will be when installed.
In all, it may sound like a daunting task, but it isn’t really so, when done right. On the contrary, it can be something that is easily managed, if one takes the right step.
Also, the above mentioned steps are by far some of the most effective ways to keep a track on your child’s mobile internet usage.
There are indeed many more strategies available as well. Feel free to do your own research and find out what works out best for you.