Control child's computer use(Tips for parents about controlling child's computer use)
By Jonathan Stromberg
Nowadays children spend a great deal of their childhood playing on the computer and surfing the web. This can be a great source of frustration for many parents. Initially, parents welcomed the Internet into their homes, believing it would provide their children with access to a bottomless pit of beneficial and educational information. However, many parents soon realized that, instead of using the Internet for homework or research; for the purpose that it was originally meant for, that their kids were spending hours surfing inappropriate and undesirable websites, instant messaging with friends, playing online games, or talking to strangers in chat rooms.
For many years it has been a challenge for parents to maintain a healthy balance between the amount of time their children spend being entertained by media outlets, and the more traditional, often outdoor activities that have kept children happy for generations. The Internet has made this challenge even more difficult. The engaging nature of Internet communications and interactive games means many children and teens have trouble keeping track of time when they're online.
Henceforth, when trying to establish the right balance, it is necessary to take some kind of control over your child's computer and Internet use. This level of control can involve guidance and verbal agreements, as well as the use of modern day software such that is available at SoftForYou.com.
Tips for controlling your child's computer use:
iProtectYou and CyberSieve, the Internet filtering and monitoring software programs offered by SoftForYou.com enable you to take comprehensive control of your child’s Internet use, and in doing so prevent your child from being exposed to the inappropriate, harmful and at times even dangerous aspects of the Internet. They have a constantly updated database of undesirable sites that the programs can automatically filter out. In addition you may filter out any individual site that you consider unsuitable, or groups of sites based on undesirable words. You may also restrict access to programs such as instant messenger and E-mails. These programs enable you not only to restrict how the Internet is used, but when it can be accessed, and all of these factors can be set individually for each member of the family depending on parental control needs.
iProtectYou and CyberSieve contain monitoring systems that give parents yet more control of their child's Internet use; as you can get detailed Internet activity logs, and keep track of what sites and programs have been accessed and when. CyberSieve is particularly ingenious, as it allows you to carry out this monitoring function from the computer of your choice. This means that you can keep tabs on your kids online activity when you are in another room, at work, or on vacation. This special feature gives you extra power to protect your child from the dangers of the Internet.
SoftForYou offers an exciting new program Chronager, which gives you control not only of your child's use of the Internet, but of the computer as a whole. You can restrict and set the times when all of the individual elements associated with computer use can be accessed. Thus, you will have control over when your child can use the CD/DVD ROM and removable disks, when he or she can use particular programs (for gaming, instant messaging and watching movies,) when he or she can access the Internet, and when he or she will be allowed access to the computer as a whole.
These programs give parents a new, elevated level of control over their home computer. After the initial optimism of parents, which turned into concern when it became clear quite how and how often their children were using their home computers, parents can now look to a brighter future; as they are finally are able to let their child use their home computer, fully in the knowledge that it has become a beneficial force in his or her life.
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