Parental Control Software - Choosing and Using It
There are many parental control software packages to choose from, so take time for research to find the one that is right for you and your children. Here are some suggestions:
  • Ask other parents and your kids' teachers for suggestions.
  • Determine which features are most important to you. If you use software to prevent your child from giving personal information, note that your child might be able to circumvent it by changing formats. For example:
    • If you load (123) 456-7890 as a phone number to be blocked, the program might not recognize 1234567890 or 123.456.7890 as blocked information.
    • Similarly, "11 Main St." might not cause "11Main" or even "11 Main Street" to be blocked.
  • Choose a package that lets you customize what each child may see, such as by
    • setting varying degrees of security by subject area.
    • varying the levels of permission by child, if you have several kids.
  • Seek vendors that give frequent updates as part of the purchase price.
Whatever programs you select, teach your kids to be wise users of the Internet:
  • Remind your children of the age-old advice about being wary of strangers.
  • Warn them not to divulge personal information to strangers, or to any website without your permission and oversight.
  • Work with the parents of your kids' friends, too. All your good work in buying, activating

    and monitoring your parental control software might be wasted if your kids can surf the net in the homes of friends whose own parents are less diligent.
To learn more about how parental control software works, return to Parental Control Software - How it Works

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