Ask The Teltek Tekspert – How Do I Protect My Kids From Online Adult Content?
Lynn in Washington, DC asks:
How do I prevent my kids from accessing web sites that feature adult content?
First of all, you should check your Internet history files to find out what kinds of sites your kids are exploring. This will give you an idea of what needs to be blocked. In your web browser, click on the history tab. It will open a list of sites recently visited.
Blocking certain sites is fairly easy and can be accomplished a number of different ways:
1. Adjust your Privacy Settings: In most browsers, the privacy tab is located under Internet options (or options), which is usually under the Tools tab. Once in the website section, copy the website addresses of the sites that you want to block from the history tab and paste them into the space one at a time. You can then choose to Allow or Block that specific site.
2. Purchase Site-Blocking software: This will give you the ability to block any site that may have potentially harmful content. Some of these programs can also be used to track exactly what your kids are doing online. A few programs to consider: We-Blocker, Cybersitter and Net Nanny.
3. Filter through your Internet Explorer Browser:
Go to Tools > Internet Options > Content
In the “Content Advisor” section click on “Enable”
You are now in the Content Advisor. From here you can adjust your settings.
Use “Ratings” Tab – Set rating levels for: language, nudity, sex and violence.
4. Enable Parental Controls (for Mac users):
The Internet content filter is built into the core of the operating system, allowing it to filter Internet access regardless of which Web browser is used.
To enable Internet content filtering:
- From the Apple menu, choose System Preferences.
- From the View menu, choose Parental Controls.
- Select the user account on the left side of the window that you would like to enable filtering for
- Click “Enable Parental Controls“
- Click the Content tab
- Choose one of the three modes under Website Restrictions; unrestricted, automatic or whitelist.
- Repeat steps 3 through 6 for other non-administrator accounts for which you would like to enable filtering.
Another tip, move the computer into an area where there is no privacy, like the kitchen or living room. Kids are less likely to surf questionable sites if you are near by and able to peek over their shoulder.
For more information about blocking web sites that can be harmful to children or your office’s productivity, call Teltek IT today! We can help you install the measures you need to keep everyone safe and focused on the task at hand.
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