Parental control for Ipad & iPhone

I recently found myself searching for something which would allow me to give my children access to Internet on the Ipad but without allowing them to be exposed to the dangers of unsuitable and offensive content. I had previously resorted to using the Ipad settings to turn off Safari whenever the children used it, however this was leading to frequent frustration, especially from my 8 year old who likes to research every question that pops into her head!
I have now found three Ipad/iPhone apps that allow parents to control what their children see and can access. The first is www.browserforkids.net (priced £0.69) which also has a lite version which is free, so its useful for trying before you buy.
The second is www.zillydilly.com (priced £0.69) which has been developed by a leading child psychiatrist.
The final one is www.surfbalance.com (priced £2.99) which will also send parents daily or weekly reports on their child usage if needed.
Any of these are certainly worth trying as we try to make our children safe, informed and knowledgable users of the latest learning technology.

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Staying Safe Online

5th February 2013 is Safer Internet Day so a reminder to all of us to check that our children are safe online. 

To a child the internet is an exciting place filled with games, videos and the chance to explore a whole new world. However as parents and teachers we have a duty to make our children aware of the dangers of the World Wide Web and to monitor what they are accessing.

http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/ is an excellent website which offers advice to parents, carers, teachers and also offers children advice in an engaging and appealing format.  It has guides on how you can best protect children and how to make children best prepared to face the risks of being online.

From my own experiences enabling restrictions on tablets, filtering options on the Internet and ensuring that I physically check and look at what my children are looking at have been some of the first steps I have taken.

For those with Windows 8, Microsoft now offer a new family safety option which gives parents  the ability to control and monitor what children use on the computer and for how long.

One final thing is to teach children what to do if they see or find something they don’t like or they feel they shouldn’t be seeing. Knowing how to turn off the monitor or close the lid so that they no longer have to see it but can then tell an adult who can investigate is a simple but very useful skill.

If you haven’t already use Safer Internet Day to start helping your children to stay safe online.