The Benefits of Parental Controls
The problem with many parental control systems is that they only work on specific devices. Many of them have to be programmed individually into a computer for a particular user, for example. This means that there’s a significant benefit to have a service that covers all devices within a home. That way you can monitor what your teenage children are viewing on the Internet.
The truth is that there’s a lot of material on the Internet that you may not want your teenager viewing. Much of it can be extremely adult in nature. Some of it could even be dangerous in the sense of drawing your kids into bad crowds.
The way you help ensure the safety of your children is of course, entirely up to you, and there are plenty of pros and cons to using parental controls.
Parental Control Cons
The downside of parental controls is that you can’t really exert any control outside of the devices your children use. For example, if they use a computer at someone else’s house, or use a friend’s tablet or laptop, then you won’t have any idea what they are watching. But in many cases, this is better than not doing anything.
Parental Control Pros
One of the major benefits to using parental controls is that you can keep tabs on what you’re children are watching. Most of the time you’ll just look through the list of the programs and sites and be reassured that nothing is happening that might be dangerous. But during the times where you see that there might be some problematic material being viewed. In these cases, you may very well be relieved to know that you caught it before it became a problem.
Another advantage to parental controls and monitoring is that you can protect your teenagers from predators. This is an increasingly big problem in the world, with the increased Internet exposure of children to the Web.
Many of these predators may seek to connect with your teenagers behind your back and without your permission. By looking for signs of your kids going to problematic sites, you could be protecting them from serious harm.
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