Researching a paper for school used to require begging your mom to take you to the library or tracking down a set of encyclopedias. Today if a kid needs to research mountain gorillas for science, no problem. Everything they could ever need or want to know about the mountain gorilla is online. The web is more than habitats for gorillas. While moving around the internet, kids may wander in to inappropriate places.
The World Wide Web is for all ages. Kids can inadvertently stumble on to adult content. Some curious kids may seek out questionable content only to discover they are seeing a lot more than what they are ready for. While a teenager will shrug off these encounters as part of the internet, younger kids find them more upsetting. At this stage, their technical skills may be well ahead of their critical thinking skills and accessing age-inappropriate media can injure.
iOS Safe Browser for Kids
To help families keep kids in age appropriate places, Apple has built in parental controls on their devices. For Apple iPhones and iPads running iOS 7 or later, parents can enable parental restrictions. On the child’s device, parents can go into restrictions to choose whether to allow “all websites” or enable “limit adult content”. For younger kids, parents can limit searching only to websites they choose and seeing only kids' apps on their devices. With older versions of iOS, parents cannot enable web content filtering. They can only limit web surfing by disabling the Safari browser, which completely shuts off the web for kids.
Navigating around Safe Browsers
Enabling filtering on one device or in one browser does not always mean safe searching. Kids can easily navigate around a safe browser by downloading a new one. Once a kid safe browser is set up, parents will need to make sure kids cannot install new web browsers. If they do, parents will have to enable built-in browser controls and a safe search filter on each browser and starts filtering our age-inappropriate content.
Many companies offer kid safe browsers for Apple devices. Most of these companies require parents to download their unique safe browser for kids. Parent will need to install this browser on all of their child’s devices and prevent them from downloading a new one.
Familoop Safeguard’s Kid Safe Browser
With Familoop Safeguard, parents do not need to worry about protecting a new browser. Familoop Safeguard automatically applies website blocker and a safe search filter to the Safari browser that is already on the iPhone or iPad. It also works with other popular browsing apps. If a child downloads a different browser, Familoop Safeguard immediately provides a safe search filter.
Note that Familoop's parental control app also works on Android.
Familoop Safeguard is more than a child safe browser. On the insight page, parents can review the sites their child visited as well as the search terms their child used. Parents will know whether kids may have stumbled in to a questionable area vs. seeking out inappropriate content.
With this information, parents can talk to their children about secure surfing. If a parent discovers a curious child was seeking out questionable content, parents can take the lead and start the conversation. Parents can ensure kids are getting information from them and not just the World Wide Web.
In the end, web filters can keep kids in safe areas but a filter is not enough. Parents need to teach kids how to navigate the web safely. By using a filter, parents can introduce the web slowly and make sure their child’s critical thinking skills and technical skills align.