In the last piece, three of what parents and caregivers could do, to save their children and wards from imminent online risks.
In this piece, two more things that can be done to save the children online, as enunciated by the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC and Cece Yara Foundation, are brought to the fore. Please, read through.
Use parental controls and safe search options
Parental controls are software tools that allows you to monitor and limit what your child sees and does online.
They can be used to filter harmful content, such as ‘adult’, or sexual materials and to monitor, time-limit, or block your child’s use of connected devices and functions, such as cameras.
While parental controls can be effective tools to help control and limit what your child does online, they are not foolproof.
There is no substitute for active parental engagement and oversight, of a child’s online activities.
Helping your child build good online safety habits is, just as important.
How do I use parental controls, you may ask?
To use parental controls, check if your wi-fi router has software that allows you to set up parental controls, across your whole family wi-fi network.
Search online for reputable, child-friendly wi-fi products, using terms like, ‘child friendly routers’, ‘child friendly wi-fi’, ‘family friendly routers’ and ‘child safe wifi’.
Check out the parental controls available on most tablets, smartphones, computers, TVs and gaming consoles.
Look at: Windows, Mac OS, Apple, (from iOS12), Android, using Google Play, or Google Family Link.
Use the PIN code locking feature on smart TVs, or disconnecting the TV, from the internet, if you are not using the ‘smart’ features.
Use parental controls to limit your child’s cellular/mobile data usage.
Use the parental control measures on streaming services and gaming consoles, to help manage gaming activities. Search for the streaming services, or console name and ‘parental controls’ to see your options.
Download, or purchase family safety controls, or filters. To find a filter that is right for you, search online, using terms like, ‘internet filters’, or ‘family filters’ and check out its reviews.
Set up child-friendly search engines, or select safe search settings on digital devices, to help prevent your child from stumbling across inappropriate sites and content.
Safe browsing tips
Encourage younger children to always ask an adult, before clicking on an ‘Accept’, ‘Allow’, or ‘OK’ button, on a website as sites may display other messages, or disclaimers that require a response.
Set up bookmarks in your child’s browser, for sites you would like them to use.
Learn how to adapt filtering tool settings, to reflect each user’s age and skills, if multiple members of your family, share a device or program.
Be aware that, many search engines, also, contain advertising and know that, there is always a risk that, inappropriate material could still slip through.
In the concluding piece coming up on this, parents and caregivers will be exposed to four more things they could, do to keep their children and wards safe online.
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