Over the last month or so, we, your computer magicians at CET, have seen several systems infected with viruses due to “tween” sons straying from homework assignments into some of the worst garbage on the internet. It was one of the summer’s biggest news stories that ultimately resulted in the ‘unintended’ proliferation of pornographic images across television, the internet, and Facebook postings. Strange to ponder and difficult to imagine but today’s teens and tweens are subjected almost nonstop to sexually explicit images. In an article published last year, in “Christian Today”, the writer laments the fact that today’s teen and tween boys (and girls) are practically encouraged to engage in more and more risky behaviors involving sexting, videotaping, sending of sexually explicit images, taking part in sexually explicit conversations and surfing for pornographic websites and videos (http://www.christiantoday.com/article/xxx.church.advice.what.parents.should.do.when.they.catch.their.children.sexting/65311.htm). But there is a bright side to that same technology that parents and grandparents can tap into – parental controls. In fact, nearly all internet-connected devices, from computers and gaming consoles to smartphones and tablets, can be configured for parental controls.
The website http://www.onguardonline.gov/ offers this breakdown of the different types of parental controls.
- Filtering and blocking – limiting access to specific websites, words, or images
- Blocking outgoing content – preventing the sharing of personal information online
- Time limiting – setting limitations on the amount of time or hours of the day access is available
- Monitoring tools – software or configurations that warn parents or record information regarding certain activities on the monitored system
Your child’s safety is important and unfettered access to the world wide web can be a pitfall, particularly for tween boys. Last year, CET’s computer magicians helped dozens of parents in “locking down” their systems. If you need help, we’re here to assist you. Call us at 704-663-1238 or come by our office at 110 Town Center Dr in Mooresville, NC.