10 min read by Bogdi
published un an în urmă, updated 5 luni în urmă
Remotely monitoring your child’s computer and internet activity can be necessary to protect them from some of the more dangerous aspects of being on the internet. How can you remotely monitor your child’s internet activity on their computer?
Smartphone apps and programs give you the ability to monitor your child’s computer and internet activity remotely. You also can set regulations directly on your child’s computer and educate your child about internet safety.
Several apps and programs exist on the market to remotely monitor your child’s computer. Read on to find out more about these apps and programs and how to set clear expectations with your child about internet safety.
Apps for your smartphone and programs on your computer can be valuable tools for remotely monitoring your child’s online activity. These apps can be accessed 24/7 from anywhere to monitor your child’s computer and internet activity remotely.
Your child’s computer will also have settings to regulate their internet usage. Settings to block specific sites and limit the time your child can access the internet exists on most computers or added with programs. These settings come standard on most computers or can be installed with software like Norton Security.
Setting internet rules and regulations with your child and following up regularly can be a way to monitor their online activity. Though this isn’t a concrete solution, it is a must to educate them on what is expected and some of the consequences of internet misuse.
Teaching your child about internet safety is one of the most important things you can do for their safety. Far too often, children don’t receive any education about internet safety and can be subject to some unfortunate situations that could have easily been avoided with some primary internet safety education.
Your child’s computer comes with an automatic setting to regulate internet activity. The only additional thing that would be required in this case is to enter a separate password that they will not be able to access the feature with. These controls will restrict your child from accessing certain websites or programs on the computer, searching web browsers with specific keywords, and using certain features of the computer’s web browser.
Internet usage can be regulated for a computer’s:
Setting these controls will allow you to monitor your child’s online activity when you’re not present. Setting parental controls and internet regulations on your child’s computer will give you peace of mind when you’re not around. You can set parental controls through your internet provider, on individual search engines, video streaming platforms, or video gaming software. Parental controls can prevent children from accessing inappropriate content online.
Parental control settings on your child’s computer will automatically:
Parental controls are a way to remotely monitor your child’s online activity without having to be present. You can simply set parental controls, password-protect them, and not have to do anything further. These controls don’t necessarily let you monitor them remotely, but once they are set and password-protected, they cannot be changed without the password.
Here’s an example of how to set parental controls on your child’s computer to block inappropriate websites. From your desktop computer:
Some parents choose to set parental control only on web browsers. If you do not need to restrict access to specific programs on your child’s computer, or they only use the computer for browsing the internet, setting up parental controls on your computer’s web browser is also an option. Keep in mind, these features will not apply to anything but the web browser tabs and searches.
Here’s how to set up parental controls on Google Chrome, a popular web browser:
When this particular web browser is open your child will not be able to access the website that you added in the Permissions setting, and adult material will be blocked with SafeSearch. This feature will not transfer over to any other web browser used on the computer, nor will it work automatically for any streaming or gaming services.
Setting parental controls like these will prevent your child from visiting unapproved websites without further need for monitoring their online activity. If you would rather actively monitor their online activity, there are plenty of apps that can be used instead of or in tandem with a computer’s parental control features.
Some apps on the market are designed to let you specifically monitor your child’s internet activity remotely. These apps will be more expansive than your computer’s parental control features, and likely offer some additional benefits like smartphone tracking and 24/7 monitoring. NetNanny and MamaBear are parental control apps that do exactly that.
Apps like NetNanny and Mamabear let you:
These apps let you monitor your child’s online activity 24/7 from any location. Many of them require an annual fee for their use but offer many more features than a computer’s standard controls.
Let’s look at some of these apps, their specific features, and how much they will cost you.
These apps are just two of the apps on the market that will allow you to monitor your child’s online activity, be it social media or keyword searches on their desktop. These apps are a great way of monitoring your child’s internet behavior remotely as they will give you real-time alerts to what your child is doing online.
One way to monitor your child’s internet activity on their computer remotely is, to begin with setting clear expectations with them, especially if you plan on setting parental controls and using apps to monitor them. This is an important step that will help your child develop good habits and begin to use the internet safely.
Transparency on what apps and parental controls you will be setting is key for understanding what they can and cannot do online. It is essential to be honest with your child about the danger of online activity, especially social media, and what they could be subject to if they are not careful.
Perhaps the most crucial step in monitoring your child’s internet activity is to teach them why you are doing it in the first place. Learning about some of the consequences for inappropriate internet usage may deter your child from inappropriate material in the first place.
Your child should learn about internet safety to avoid:
The Internet, specifically social media, can be a dangerous and hateful place. If your child doesn’t understand the basics of using the internet safely, they can be subject to one or more of these dangers. Their computer and their physical and emotional safety and security are all at risk if they do not learn how to use the internet safely.
Smartphones pose an additional problem when attempting to regulate and monitor your child’s online activity. Now that we have discussed how to monitor their computer remotely, we also need to address smartphones. Smartphones have all the capabilities of computers today and more. Let's look at apps that will allow you to remotely monitor your child’s smartphone and some internet regulations that come standard on iPhones and Androids.
Many apps used to monitor iPhone and Android internet activity also come with GPS location notifications. Some come with safe driving features that notify you when the vehicle that your child is riding or driving in is going faster than a set speed. These apps include:
Apps are a very effective way to remotely monitor internet activity on your child’s smartphone. They offer GPS locations, website restrictions and blocking, and text message monitoring to ensure your child does not become subject to inappropriate behavior or material.
iPhones and Androids come standard with parental control features. The features present on these phones will block internet searches, adult websites and allow only certain websites to be accessed via the phone’s browser. They allow you to set a separate password to adjust these features, preventing your child from disabling them.
Here’s an example of how to set up parental controls on an iPhone:
Androids allow for similar parental control settings, and with smartphones becoming more capable than computers, it is critical that you remotely monitor your child’s internet activity on their phones. If apps to regulate your child’s online activity are not an option, these basic settings that come standard with each smartphone will protect them from any inappropriate behavior and material on the internet.
The internet has become a place entirely unlike what we had growing up. The Internet is an anonymous and often hateful place. Children can be affected by this much easier than adults can, so it is vital to protect your child from online bullying, specifically regarding social media and the inappropriate content that comes with internet usage.
Anyone can make a Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, or Instagram account, and it would be almost impossible to keep up with your child’s activity on social media without one of the apps or regulations we have mentioned. Social Media is a breeding ground for cyberbullies, hate speech, and inappropriate content.
Cyberbullying is a trend that came with expanding and widespread access to the internet and social media. Cyberbullying is when someone uses technology to threaten, attach, or embarrass another person anonymously, and it is prominently seen in children 16 and under.
Children can become the victim of the intense bullying or hatred that comes with some aspects of social media, which they may not be aware of or know how to handle. In extreme situations, their safety and wellbeing may be at risk. Parental controls, apps, and internet regulations can completely block these occurrences from happening, and at the very least, can alert you immediately if something suspicious comes up.
Nobody wants their child to experience inappropriate material that they don’t know how to handle. Whether it is graphic violence or adult material, there are ways to avoid your child stumbling onto material that will confuse or offend them.
Apps and parental control like the ones we have discussed will allow you to block specific keywords pertaining to the inappropriate material you do not want your child to be subject to. Parental controls will allow you to monitor their online behavior, block websites that contain this material completely, and block them from searching for phrases like them.
Remotely monitoring your child’s computer and internet access is vital these days. It is essential to:
Not only is setting these parental controls a necessity on their computers, but now that smartphones are becoming more and more capable, monitoring their phones is becoming essential. There are apps on the market that let parents remotely monitor their child’s smartphone, as well as standard regulations on the devices themselves. It is vital to use all of these tools to monitor your child’s internet usage and safeguard them from online bullying and inappropriate content.
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