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Protecting Children from online threats

Protecting Children from online threats has never been so important. We use the Internet for just about everything, but it is a dangerous place. Fraud is rife, spam is never-ending, and viruses are everywhere. Possibly the most significant risk is to our children. Many of them spend endless hours playing games or watching YouTube. When they ask for that new free game on their tablet, how often do you check that it is suitable? Even if it is, do inappropriate adverts come up for dating sites when you are not supervising them. As they get older and lose their innocence, there are vast amounts of adult content that will cause all sorts of damage to young minds.

Panorama did a program about the deliberately addictive design of applications on Smartphones: The Dark Side: via @bbciplayer

Social media risks

Social media is a potential source of damage. Internet grooming is a severe threat. Cyberbullying has caused many suicides throughout the world. Trolling is commonplace with even the home secretary being a victim. If senior politicians cant be protected, what chance is there for ordinary people and especially children.

As children get older, keeping them safe becomes more difficult as the average teenager is more tech-savvy than the average parent.

If the content was not damaging enough, many of the websites with adult content also have viruses and other Malware.

Online risks for older people

Don’t forget the grandparents, who are less likely to be aware of the dangers and in many cases are more trusting.

How to protect children from online threats?

The best solution is to control access centrally with a suitable router or firewall which usually has an annual subscription to a filtering product. All Internet traffic is monitored by the firewall and blocked according to the firewall rules. This becomes more cost-effective as the number of devices increases as there is only one firewall and one filtering product to manage.

Children can’t bypass the router unless they have another means of connection. Devices with independent Internet connections like tablets and smartphones can still bypass the router. For those devices installed security software remains the best solution.

The other option is to install web filtering software on each device, which can be effective, but with increasing numbers of devices in the home managing, each device becomes time-consuming and error-prone. Also, the different types of equipment, PC, Apple Mac, Linux, Android or IOS all would need different software which each need managing and have a cost.

To protect your family from online threats

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