Keep Your Internet Child-Friendly

If your child is anything like mine then he'll be waiting by your side as your home working day comes to an end, eager to start tapping away on the keyboard of your computer (after you've made sure you've safely saved your start-up business plans of course!). My son is too young to use the internet on his own at the moment, but I've certainly started to think ahead for when he does.

There have been several surveys which have discovered that a large majority of kids aged between six and nine are regular users of the internet - and that has led many parents to worry about their safety.

It's a delicate balancing act: you don't want to be hanging over their shoulder all the time  checking out what they're doing, but at the same time you want to know they're only accessing appropriate content. And inappropriate content is always just a click away - even an innocent query on a search engine can bring up websites that are obviously not child-friendly.

So what can you do to ensure your children are not seeing things that they shouldn't? Kaspersky Lab has the solution.

Home working mums can keep your internet home computer online and safe for your family

Blocking

The first thing to do is use parental control software. You can buy this as a product in itself, or it's also provided as part of total internet security programs. You can use this to ensure that your child can only access approved websites, and it will also give you detailed reports of what your child has being looking at whilst they are at the computer.

Stranger Danger

Social media sites are probably the biggest internet headache for modern-day parents. Even if you stick to well-known sites with a good reputation it's still impossible to know exactly who your child might be speaking to. Cybercriminals know too well that by exploiting children's naivety it can be easy to trick them into giving out personal information, which these internet nasties can then use to steal money and identities.

Kaspersky PURE is a Total Security program that helps prevent this problem by stopping the transfer of all information (such as bank account numbers etc.) when your child is using a chat room or an instant messenger service.

Online Bullying

It's a sad fact that there are some people who go on gaming and social media sites purely to bully others on there. Whilst there are moderators on the most reputable sites who try to ban anybody not playing nicely, there are often too many of them for this to be effective.

The parental control software that we talked about earlier can also come in useful for fighting cyberbullying. You can block anybody that you don't want talking to your child, and you can also set up alerts that will notify you if particular words are used in any communications with your child. 

Dirty Downloads

Even with the protection already mentioned it's simply not possible to monitor absolutely everything your child is doing on the internet. Even if they're using websites pre-approved by you, a link containing a virus can still slip through the net. 

Cybercriminals specifically target children as they know that free software, games and music will be attractive to them, and they won't be as vigilant as an adult at checking that links and attachments in emails are safe.

If a malicious link is sent to your child and they open it, a virus could potentially invade both your PC, and the entire network it is connected to. Even if your child is aware of viruses and is careful not to click links from somebody they don't know, the malware could easily be contained in a banner ad that they casually click on without realising.

Total Security products like Kaspersky PURE can do away with worries like this, by monitoring every link and download for malicious software before it can do any damage. You can have different security settings on every computer in your house and you can keep your eye on your network from one PC.

The Whole Picture 

The most important part of keeping your children safe online is YOU! Talking to them and explaining the risks of the internet (in an age-appropriate way of course) will really help them to understand that they can block anybody who is behaving badly towards them, and that giving out personal data to strangers is a bad idea.

Behind this strategy is ensuring that you have the back-up of a solid internet security product. This way you can keep an eye on what they are looking at when you're not directly monitoring them (your marketing materials won't write themselves!) and know that you are doing everything you can to keep them safe.

If your current internet security package is coming to an end, why not take advantage of Kaspersky's great iHubbub offer?

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