Kids are highly tech savvy and sometimes want to keep their Internet usage a secret. Your kids may not be an exception. They may not want you parents to know about some sites they browse that you might not approve. If you are suspicious about the sites your kids are regular at and the content they access through those websites, then here are ways on how you can monitor their actions.
Learn how to use the computer
You must need to understand the basics of Internet and use of various programs on the computer. Thus, your kids will not be able to take advantage of your lack of knowledge in the Internet or misguide you. There are several websites to provide online tutorials. You can also search for community crash courses, help manuals and software manuals, related articles etc. Look for the manuals of programs to learn the nitty-gritty of the program your kids use as they might not show you all the functions.
Learn functions of parental control
Many programs that allow you to access the Internet also let you exercise some control over what your kids can and can’t do. Certain programs will let you block questionable sites, keep kids from talking to strangers, or conceal passwords so they don’t give them out to anyone. Many even allow you to customize settings to be age appropriate for each child in your family. Find out what parental control options are offered with your current software and what additional programs you can purchase. Choose a password for yourself that your kids are unlikely to guess and don’t tell them what it is. Check the parental control settings from time to time to make sure they haven’t been changed.
Regulate kids’ computer and Internet usage
Monitor and control how many hours your kids are online. You can set the limit up to which they will be able to use the computer and the lock the sites that you do not want them to visit. When they ask for using a longer span of time, watch the time period and their activities, how many hours extra they are spending on doing an Internet research on a topic.