Since I was about 13 years old the internet has been a huge part of my life. Now at nearly 27 years old you won’t find me far from my iPad, my husband says that I need it surgically removed from my hand. The hubby and I quite often chat about the future and how we will control the children’s use of technology in our home especially now that Spud is now using PC’s at school and playing games consoles.
Unlike when I was growing up, the internet is now everywhere, on consoles, televisions and of course tablets. If the boys are playing on our iPads they could have unlimited access to the World Wide Web and it’s no secret that there is some pretty nasty stuff out there. Luckily there are features such as airplane mode and guided access that keep my children safe.
On PC’s it is a lot harder to control what can be sought out, found accidentally or even what pops up as spam. There are programs that attempt to control what is accessible but upon reading this article in the Daily Mail it appears that they aren’t as good as they claim to be. However, Norton Family was voted to have the best filter and offers additional features such as the ability to view snippets of the videos the boys have clicked so it’s definitely something we will be looking into when the boys start requesting unsupervised internet access.