Are your kids going to wake up to bright shiny sparkly devices under the Christmas tree this year? If so, there are a few things you can do before it even lands in their hands in order to help keep them safe from unsavoury content that they would otherwise stumble upon or search out! With children as young as 5 now receiving ipads for Christmas as their parents try to leverage out the cost of new devices for their schools BYOD programs, it becomes even more imperative to protect their little minds as long as we can.
I have always advocated and will continue to do so, that filters and security software are never 100 % full proof and hence must not be relied upon to keep kids safe. Particularly as kids get older, controlling the devices becomes much harder and thus we must ensure we have taught them many other skills and behaviours to stay safe and responsible. But with so many younger children using internet connected devices, it is necessary to do all that we can to help shield them from the content. Remembering that the average age a child sees pornography is age 11 (indicating many are seeing it much earlier) and the majority of this happens in the family home.
Apple now have in built software on their devices, however they need to be activated to do their job, so if you are purchasing an iPod touch, iPad or iphone for your child this Christmas, or in fact if they already have one, you might like to check the explicit results filter is switched on…it takes less than 20 seconds!
- Open Safari and type google.com/preferences
- Click on filter explicit results and scroll down and SAVE
See, simple! But as I said just one of the many things you need to do as a parent to ensure they stay safe.
I will be sharing some more tips on keeping your kids safe on their devices in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned.