Not a pretty daydream, is it?
If your child surfs the internet this is a potential reality
every day. The Internet is a valuable learning tool, even for
young children, but sometimes the risks outweigh the benefits.
Safety in Software
The newest fix for this
dilema is Internet filtering
software. You load the software into your computer and
tell it what kind of sites to filter out. You can even create
a different profile for each family member. Some filtering
software offers a timer option, so the Internet will shut off
automatically after a preset amount of time. This eliminates
fights about how much surfing your child is allowed.
Internet filtering software
has lots of great options available. You can either block
access to inappropriate sites or allow access to positive
sites. The software typically comes with lists of sites that
are updated frequently, or you can hand select sites that you
want your children to see. You can even have the software keep
a log of all the e-mail sent and received.
An alternative kind of
Internet filtering software allows you to filter junk mail out
of your e-mail. This software offers different level filters,
so you can custom tailor the amount and type of mail allowed
You can find
web filtering software
online. This Internet filtering software is instantly
downloadable and generally comes with good tech support.