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Parental controls

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Overview

Depending on the ages of your children, it is likely that having some level of parental controls will help enforce ground rules on how your kids use their various devices. It helps guide what they can access, what and who is allowed access to them and the times of day they can use the internet.

Time required: 30 - 45mins

Difficulty: Easy

Software/hardware costs: £35.95 (annually)

Things to do

  • 1. Implement controls on kids’ devices.

DETAILED HOW-TO INSTRUCTIONS

How-To Instructions

ONE. Implement controls on kids’ devices.

a. Built-in Operating System Controls;

  • These are default controls that most major operating systems (Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android) come with as standard. You’ll need to manually configure them yourself.
  • macOS: provides a slightly more comprehensive service than what Windows offers and is accessed via the ‘Parental Controls’ pane in the System Preferences part of Settings.
  • Windows: you’ll need to sign-up for a Family Safety account.
  • It does require you to invest a fair amount of time tailoring the controls to each child as you need to set up separate accounts for each child. So, if you have more than one kid, you’ll most likely want a bespoke parental control software...

b. Parental Control Software;

  • Download and install a product like Qustodio (£3/month) on all devices.
  • It is modular in its design so allows parents to strike that important balance between parental oversight and invading privacy.

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