Being online is so much fun:
- Want to learn how to knit? There’s a site for that.
- Want to learn how to cook an authentic Chinese meal? There’s a video for that.
- Want to learn where ‘Babes with Big B**bs’ hang out? OOPS – there’s a site AND video for that. And you probably don’t want your child coming across it accidentally while searching for information for a report on grapefruit varieties!
There are a lot of programs that you can purchase for keeping your children safe online. Others are free. Some are browsers/search engines only. Others are lock and key type programs where you have control over what content gets blocked.
I’ve gathered several that I’ve come across and tried out. Be sure to look them over carefully and see if any of them will work for you and your family. Nothing is foolproof – so always monitor what your children are doing online.
After all, the internet should be fun and safe no matter what age you are.
If you have found one that works for you, be sure to mention it in comments.
Option One: use kid-friendly browsers/search engines:
- KidZui: browser option for kids. All of the sites are reviewed by parents and kids.
- Kid Rocket: kids can even send email (Windows compatible only)
- Buddy Browser: new version set to release in March
- McGruff Kid Safe Browser: of course the Crime Dog has a browser! (Windows compatible only)
- Quintura Kids: a fun, visually pleasing search engine
Option Two: use filtering software:
- K9 Web Protection: this is a free filtering software; I use it on the computer my kids are on and I’ve had no problems with it. There is even a community to keep each other posted on new alerts.
- Open DNS: another free filtering software
- There are many filtering programs available for purchase as well. I have found these two free programs to be every bit as secure and safe.