A simple way to protect children from harmful materials online

With its limitless scope and reach, the internet and other related technologies have made our world a global village. There is nothing that cannot be found on the internet whether it has to do with business, entertainment, technology, law, insurance or education.

The educative and enlightening aspect of the internet is very helpful and instrumental in the development of children of all ages and so, today, even very young children are regularly encouraged by parents, guardians, and tutors to go online and access these features.

In some cases, where it can be afforded, these young children are given their own private computers while in other cases, they are allowed access to a family computer or that of an older family member.

The internet is indeed a wonderful tool but unfortunately, like all good things in life, it has a dark side. It is being misused on a massive scale.

Do you know that there are tons of harmful materials on the Internet which could do a child irrevocable psychological harm and most of those materials are carefully hidden behind perfectly harmless looking facades; harmless looking links mostly in the form of attractive images to be clicked on.

From fraudulent emails to social media predators and X-rated websites, one thing most of them have in common is that they lure in their victims with innocent facades  – this is the evil technology online today.

Monitor And Protect Your Kids Online

The number one victims of this internet abuse are the very weak...children, underage children. According to one American psychologist, no less than 70% of psychologically disturbed children who had been exposed to sexually explicit materials accidentally stumbled upon them online.

Are you a parent or guardian? You should be greatly worried about the problem of how to protect your kids online.

How Tough A Job Is it?

Actually, protecting a kid online, keeping children from unhealthy exposure to harmful materials online, is almost impossible unless you are prepared to play guard dog 24/7, which I'm sure you are not.

But does this mean you should block the kids from accessing the Internet completely? Certainly not! There is a solution to this problem, a professional internet guard dog you can employ for free!

Choose To Protect Your Kid Online Not Ban Them From Going Online

In today’s world where everything is computerized including the most basic of education, banning your child from accessing the internet will be very unwise. It will definitely do them more harm than good.

Moreover, there is one aspect of the mentally of children you should never overlook – the very things you ban or forbid them from doing are the very ones they are most likely to do. They will literally hunger for it – that forbidden fruit. They will eat it to the full behind your back and before you realize it, it is already too late.

The number one fruit they go for in this case are sexually explicit materials, the likes of which they have never seen before and so incredibly intriguing. And, alas, there are hundreds of thousands of X-rated websites out there with tons of harmful materials to give out for free!

Effects Of Exposure To Pornographic Materials On Children

Having underage children or kids exposed to pornography or sexually explicit material is very dangerous. It upsets them deeply, destroying their mental balance, which can ultimately result in irreversible psychological damage, to say the least.

Usually, the child ends up practicing what he or she sees. This means a premature venture into sexual activities that could destroy the child's life completely. Certainly, it will ruin his or her education because the child's mind simply is not ready to handle such knowledge at a tender age.

In young boys, it always leads to an overdrive of illicit sexual activity from which they end up contracting STDs or impregnating some girl. In no case does the child ever pay complete attention to studies anymore.

The list is endless here. Bottom line, your child will never be the same again

The Solution To Protecting You kid Online

Following some recent updates to the Google Chrome browser, some unique features have become quite possible and therein lies the solution to the problem of how to protect your kids online.

Get Control Over Your Child's Internet Activity with Google Chrome

There are many different internet browsers and they all work in different ways but Google Chrome is one of a kind. Perhaps this is because it is the flagship of the internet giant, Google Incorporated. No other browser has the unique features that allow you get control over your child's Internet activities, protecting and monitoring that child night and day like Google Chrome does, not even Opera, Safari, or Firefox are there.

Apart from the fact that Google has several other products that interact so smoothly with the browser, the policy of the company itself makes this browser unique.

Did you know that the Google Blogger platform has hundreds of thousands of active blogs and individual publishers all over the world? Still any single one of them that publishes sexually explicit material on their blog gets swiftly banned and the blog shut down.

Following this strict principle, the company's browser 'Google Chrome' automatically blocks out a lot of harmful stuff including X-rated sites during searches. It does this to perfection when it is correctly set to do just that.

Set Up Google Chrome Browser On The Family's PC To Protect Your Kids Online

The Internet helps a child developed mentally, learn a lot of helpful new things and even do homework, so cutting the child off completely from the use of a computer is not really the smart thing to do. Restricting their online reach is best.

Did you know that most of the winners of Facebook's yearly hacking competition have been below the age of eighteen but the last one was less than 15-years-old and he hacked Instagram in record time, bringing to light a major system flaw professionals had overlooked.

The boy and his parents were paid very handsomely indeed but the interesting thing was that this kid claimed to have studied programming on YouTube, one of the most educative online platforms…. parents chew on that before you go banning the kid from going online.

How To Set Up Google Chrome To Protect Your kids online | 7 Easy Steps

On the PC you want to allow the child access to, make sure Google Chrome is the only browser available and you have administrator access to it. This could be a family computer or your personal PC, It is best not to allow a child below 13 own a private computer of his or her own.

Steps To Set Up Internet Protection For Your Kids

Step 1. Double click on the Google Chrome browser icon on the desktop to open it then go to the settings section of the browser. To do this, just click on the three dots arranged in a vertical line you see at the top-right side of the browser window. A drop-down menu window will appear.

Step 2. Click on setting near the bottom of the new window to open Chrome's setting window.

Step 3.Scroll down until you find the option to add people to Chrome browsing.... see image below.

Step 4. Tick the box to enable that opinion of Google browsing and then click on "Add Person' ...(see image above. I have two kids added but blurred them out for privacy reasons). Note - the link to the supervised users' dashboard is to be used after you have added the user successfully. 

Step 5. In the new window that pops up after you click on add person, pick an image that suits you then enter your child's name in the box provided,

Step 6. Tick the first box for 'create desktop Icon for User'.

Step 7. Lastly and most important – tick the second box...see image above....'Control and view what Websites this User visits from your email'. I'm adding a supervised user called BBT, an example for this article.

The designated or ‘destination email' of authority, which you will see there, in place of mine in the image above will be your primary email as the owner or administrator of the PC.

Click 'add' and Google will take moment to set things up on their end and you will get a success message and an invite to configure the websites the supervised user can or can't visit. See image below.

Close the browser when you are done - restrictions can be set later from the dashboard - view the desktop display of the PC. You will notice that a new Google Chrome browser Icon has now been created with your child's name to it. That is the browser the child must use any time he or she is accessing the internet. Be sure to specify this to the child.

Check your email now. You should see a confirmation from Google saying that you are now the supervisor of the user/your child.

Google will, from that moment on, start informing you of whatever activity the child engages in online via a series of emails, all within seconds of the activity. A link will be provided for you to visit that website as well to see if it something you don't want your child indulging in.

With the clear knowledge that 'mom and dad can somehow see whatever I do online,' the child will be extra careful to avoid porn sites and other harmful sites even if he or she has stumbled on them previously.

That's it, folks.

I hope this was worth the read. Do drop comments and questions if you have any and don’t forget to share this information with friends and family on social media. You will be helping them save their kids.

And do remember one thing, Google Chrome is a large software that takes up a lot of space on a PC RAM so, even with recent updates,  it's not wise to add more than three other users to the browser besides yourself unless you've got a PC with a huge RAM capacity. If you do, the browser will be crashing too often. And there lies the setback.
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