If you are a parent concerned with online safety, let me introduce you to 5 Google tools that can help you create online boundaries for your children.
Our kids live a very connected lives. They have access to learning about anything with a few clicks on a keyboard. It’s amazing how curious minds can get themselves in trouble. Our job as parents is to create age-appropriate boundaries for their online activities.
Google Tools for Online Safety
Google has created a set of tools to help parents create those boundaries. From YouTube to doing searches, see how these Google tools can help create a safer online environment for your family.
When my daughter was 5, she had access to our family computer that sat in the kitchen. She loved playing games and her being only 5, we didn’t have an internet filter on it. The games she played were offline. For her to access, she would just click on the desktop icons to play her games.
One day, our daughter came running in explaining the computer was broken. After doing a bit of digging, we found out that the computer had a malware virus. The reason? Our little princess had discovered the internet! She had gotten on Google somehow and had been searching for “fairy games” – with fairy misspelled. What came up, was not the Disney Princess Fairy games that we would of been fine with her playing, but a bunch of porn which then led to our computer contaminated with a virus.
No matter how young your child is – you need to be monitoring their access to the internet. We learned the hard way! Our daughter had just learned to read and barely could spell – yet she could access porn. Can you say CRAZY?
Our daughter is now 10. Anything in this house that she can connect online with – has some sort of filter.
These Google tools are great for searching and watching videos. These alone will not fully protect your child online, but are great weapon for your online protection arsenal.
What Internet Filters Do You Use?
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