My husband and I were just talking about our kids and how they are getting close to that age where we need to let them have some time on the computer. Yes, kids are getting on the computer younger and younger, my three and four year old have computer class once a week in preschool. So where does that leave parents and how do we protect our children?
One you have to know what they are doing. Be sure to put the computer in a common area in the house. The kitchen, the study, somewhere where you all hang out together. For us, we haven’t picked a spot yet. We might have to put it in the living room where all the toys are currently stacked.
Two, limit what they can search on the internet. You have the ability to preview what they are looking at or checking on what they did look at after the face. Me, I’m more about being proactive and setting up limits first. Windows 7 and Windows Live already have some safety features already built into them.
SafeSearch is locked for Bing, Google, Yahoo! and other popular search engines to prevent your child from seeing adult content in search results.
Contact management, this provides parents control to monitor or restrict the contact list for their child in Windows Live Hotmail, Messenger and Spaces.
Taking advantage of Family Safety, parents can download the latest Windows Live Essentials and set up Family Safety in order to customize how they want to set various protections and safeguards to get their student safe while online.
Filtering images, which is helpful if your child visits websites that allow other users to upload images. This feature works best on Windows 7 machines with faster processing power.
Restricts ads, which means children’s Live IDs that are added through Family Safety and logged into the Windows Live network, will not see advertisements when using Windows Live services.
For even more great information on family safety check out my friend Kristina’s blog post on the Windows Experience blogand as always let me know if you have any questions. I can ask the experts for you!!!
I am not being compensated for this post but I am a Microsoft Windows 7 Champion and have been asked to share things with you throughout the year.