Many parents are keen to do everything they can to keep their kids safe on the web. While the best way to do this is to make sure your child has adult supervision, clearly this isn’t always possible. This is where parental control settings on devices come in handy and can prove to be an effective way of safeguarding your child when they’re using their device. Check out these key tips on how to ensure that parental settings are on.
Check Device Settings
If you go to settings, and then find the option labeled privacy or similar, there should be an option to set parental controls on the device itself. The best versions of these require a pin to reverse them, so your child won’t be able to adjust the settings. Do be aware that parental settings filter most adult content, but some websites such as TikTok and Instagram may still be available and your child may be able to view content that you don’t deem appropriate here.
Parental Control Apps
There are several apps available that will block and filter content during hours that you set in the day, meaning that when your child is online on any device in your home, what they can see is being managed by the app. This is a great way to cover all bases, although it’s also worth setting up controls on each device to be extra safe.
Block Chosen Websites
You might object to your child accessing certain sites, but parental control settings won’t filter the sites because they’re not technically adult content. If this is the case, download an app such as Blocksite, which will allow you to personalize which websites your child can and can’t access when online. You can set time limits so that once your child is asleep you can regain access to these sites.