Keeping our kids safe online and keeping an eye on everything they are doing is something that is obviously a major challenge for parents today. I myself have 5 children in my family and enough devices to ensure that each of them could be connected online at any one time. Between the xbox, an ipod touch, an iPhone, a laptop, computer or ipad, all these devices have the ability to connect to our home wifi and hence have the ability to expose our kids to all manner of content online. To keep an eye on every one of them every moment they are online, is something that is simply not possible.
I started looking for some software and security that would at least ensure that whilst my kids were at home I could be confident in knowing that they were not being exposed to anything that wasn’t fit for their eyes. Unfortunately nothing was available that would cover all our home devices, including the mobile ones and it instead requiring a number of different systems, softwares and downloads to put in place to ensure every device was covered.
I don’t usually endorse many products on my blog, but this one is one that is not only clearly relevant but it is one I am really excited about, and goes a long way to helping keep our kids safe online. It is one that ticked all the boxes and more.
Cybersafe 24/7 is basically a wifi modem that has replaced our old internet modem. What I can now do is see every single website that has been visited by every single device in my household. I know when it was visited and for how long and by whom.
Here are just some of the things I can now do from my administration page:
- See every website visited by household or narrow it down to each individual device. For example I can see exactly what has been looked at on “Ollie’s Ipad” or on “Mums laptop” or on “Charlies iPod” or the xbox or Wii. Not only does this help us know what our kids are looking at but it helps us bring up important discussions that may need to happen about what our kids are searching for online.
- I can block all sorts of information from ever being seen by any device in the household or I can block it from each individual device. For example I have set up a profile that I have called ‘kids profile”. On this profile I have applied it to all the kids devices and now means they cannot view anything online that contains pornography, adult entertainment, gambling, dating sites, drugs, cigarette and alcohol and basically anything I don’t want them to see or access. It can easily be changed and altered at anytime.
- I can block the use of social media or (shopping for me) from any or all of the devices but I can also allow them to be used for certain periods during the day. This is one of the greatest ways to help parents keep their kids off Facebook and the like when they say they are doing work. I can determine the hours that any site is allowed. Any time outside those hour,s the site is simply blocked.
Whilst this does not replace the teaching of skills to engage in the online world safely, it does give us peace of mind about what is being viewed. Once something is seen it can’t be unseen and this is one of the most distressing things for any parent when they realize what their kids have been exposed to. Alarmingly the average age that children view pornography online is eleven. And for the majority of kids it actually happens at home on their home computers and devices.
I am openly endorsing this product as I have been using it for over a month and I am so impressed. No it doesn’t help our kids when they are at friends or out in the world, but it certainly gives me peace of mind that they are safely enjoying the online world when they are at home.
This product retails for $249 which is about the price of any wifi modem that you would buy that does nothing else but connect you online. If you want more information click on the banner ad to be directed to their website.
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