I learned a tough lesson this weekend.
Just because my kids are good kids and I trust that deep down they know right from wrong, that does not mean they won’t fall prey to the evil in this world!
The internet has provided a platform for my children to be exposed to everything the world has to offer from the privacy of our home computer. Although some of this technology is awesome and often educational, it can also be a scary situation when they encounter things I don’t want them exposed to.
My kids look at Google images all the time. They love to find pictures of the characters in their video games.
They’re allowed on YouTube. My oldest loves all the random funny stuff on there, and they both go on there to try and find cheats and tutorials for the games they play.
There’s an iPod app that my oldest loves. It has random memes that have funny captions. I let him download it, as the age level was 12+. So it must be OK, right? Wrong.
Up until now, I thought I monitored things. They had rules. I realize that going online and looking at pictures and videos may lead them to something I do not allow. So, the rule is clear: click away. Pretty sad and useless rule, huh?
I’m convicted as a parent to take the internet more seriously, and yesterday I downloaded parental controls and web protection on our PC, laptops, and even the iPod.
I found web protection software that I absolutley love, and it’s totally FREE! I really wish I had taken the simple and easy steps to protect my family before hand. However, it’s not about the mistakes we make, it’s what we learn from them, and what we do with that knowledge. Sometimes the recovery of our parenting mistakes is way more important than mistakes themselves.
Not only do I want to learn from our recent internet scare, but I want to encourage you to take a stand against the harmful influences that are out there waiting to suck the innocence from our precious children. We must protect them! We have to be proactive in our parenting and protect our kids online!
Please take a moment today to download this FREE software! It’s easy to install, easy to use, and easy to monitor. Had we had something like K9 Web Protection a couple of days ago, I wouldn’t have had to learn the hard way that my kids are not safe, even if they’re good kids.
I took some screen shots of some of the features.
You can set the protection level to your preference.
There’s a default setting, that blocks the obvious crap that’s out there and then some. We chose to set ours to HIGH.
This is my favorite part.
When you choose to set the protcetion to HIGH it’s going to block all the default categories PLUS social networking. Now, I allow Facebook and while I still trust that the kids can go on there, with the settings on HIGH, I can control when and how long they use those sites. GENIUS!
Not, only will the kids need my permission to go on YouTube, Facebook, and a few other sites I don’t really mind, they will have time limits I can set using the drop down box you see above. LOVE!
I can also block internet use during certain hours of the day.
Our children need our guidance and protection in a world that is filled with evil and vile crap everywhere we turn. Take the steps to protect them! I wish I had three days ago!
Downloading this software took maybe 30 minutes for all of our computers and our iPod.
30 minutes of my time, and I slept sound last night.
30 minutes of my time and my boys are WAY safer online that they were two days ago.
Now the boys need my permission to go online, and they don’t mind at all.
Children need to know we care. They need boundaries. It’s our job to give them guidance and values!
***Most importantly, this is NOT a sponsored post. I am not being compensated in any way for my thoughts or time. This is free software, and I think spreading the word is the best way I can give back to this fabulous company!***