Welcome Guest Blogger, Von Ralls, father to a tween girl, IT guru and owner of
you change the wifi password again? My
iPod won’t connect to the internet!”
This is something that I hear frequently from my 12 year old daughter
who will be 13 in just a couple of weeks.
Of course, I do change the encryption key on our wireless router at home
every once in a while just so I can make sure that I know what devices she has
connected to the internet. These days
everything is connected to the internet.
Computers, televisions, cell phones, media players, iPods, gaming consoles; they are all connected to the internet. Fortunately most devices have some sort of
built in parental controls. Some you may
not even realize this is available, but have no fear because I am going
to let you know about a couple of these built in controls so that you can start
taking advantage of them.
First up is the iPod Touch or iPhone. Both function basically the same way, and I
see a lot of kids running around with them.
If you go into the Settings on the iPhone, under
General->Restrictions, you will come to a screen that will allow you to turn
on and off certain features of the device.
When you turn the restrictions on, it will ask you to enter a PIN number
so that only you can modify these settings in the future.
These settings allow you to filter out
explicit music from the iPod, turn off web browsing with Safari, disable
YouTube, and a few other options. On my
daughters iPod touch, I turned off Safari because I didn’t think there was any
reason for her to be browsing the internet on her iPod, and if that is off, it
cuts out the possibility of her seeing content on the internet that she doesn’t
need to be seeing. There are a lot of
different settings to choose from, so take the time to look through them and
decide if your child needs these options or not.
Next, I have a lot of people ask me how they can control the
time spent on the internet on their home computer. Like the iPod above, Windows and Apple
computers have built in controls that you can configure to let you decide what
kind of internet access your kids have as well as how
much time they spend on the computer. If
you have a Windows Vista or Windows 7 based computer, look under your control
panel for “Parental Controls”. If you
have an Apple computer you can find the parental controls under “System
Preferences”. Take some time to go
through these settings and decide what is best for your child.
These are just a couple of things that you can do to start
making sure you and your children are safe and comfortable with regards to the
internet and technology in general. We
will get into some other things you can do in future articles as well.
If you have any questions or even suggestions
for future articles, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!