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Parental control software: How children do not end up on porn sites

The Internet offers many opportunities – but also risks. With parental control software, parents can ensure more security on digital devices and protect their children from inappropriate content. However, the programs should not remain the only security measure and should not be used as a monitoring tool, recommends
Initiative “SEE! What your child does with Media.”

Many parents worry that teens will end up on inappropriate websites with their own smartphone or PC or use apps that are not age-appropriate. “Most recently when children have their own devices and are online independently, youth protection programs support and simplify everyday media life in families,” says Kristin Langer, media coach at SCHAU HIN !. Offers like Salfeld, JusProg or Google Family Link offer different protection measures depending on the provider and the device they are to be used on. However, only a few, such as JusProg, are officially recognized as a youth protection program under the Youth Media Protection State Treaty.

Protect these settings

Parental control applications allow you to restrict access to websites and applications. This applies to mobile devices as well as laptops, PCs and game consoles. Youth protection apps for smartphones and tablets can usually filter by age group, for example, only show offers for children up to twelve years. This excludes many unsuitable apps, but the filters do not offer 100% protection. It is safer to make a list of individual offers that parents know or have checked in advance and allow their child. This works for example with Google Family Link for smartphones and tablets, but also with many youth protection applications for the PC. Parents can usually use lists of appropriate content provided by the program. Conversely, so-called “blacklists” can also be used to exclude unsuitable and age-appropriate offers, while other websites remain available. For example, pornographic and gambling sites known to the operators of the youth protection software will not be displayed.

Do not use for monitoring

When families use parental control applications, it is important to discuss this with the children and explain why: “When children understand that it is their parents’ responsibility to protect them and their well-being, they will accept measures such as the imposed restrictions on parental control programs much better.” Some software providers allow you to view the websites and apps your child visits, or track the location of your smartphone. Such features should be used only by prior arrangement. ” teaches children not to take responsibility for themselves and their actions, ”explains Kristin Langer.

Binding agreements are the best protection

Whatever application parents choose – they may not be the only solution: “Child protection programs serve as support. They do not replace the conversation between adults and children about the safe use of media.” The applications help but do not offer comprehensive protection against risks: Unsuitable content is not always reliably filtered out. There are also ways to bypass the software. The programs also do not recognize attacks from other people. Despite installed protection programs, sexualized addressing on the Internet (” cybergrooming “) or harmful online behavior (including” cyberbullying “) occur. The best way for parents to protect their child here is to explain risks, agree on specific behaviors, and signal that they are contacts in any situation.

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“LOOK! What your child is doing with media.” is a joint initiative of the Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, the Elderly, Women and Young People, the two public television companies Das Erste and ZDF and AOK – Die Gesundheitskasse.

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