Unless you’ve built a bubble to seal them from the world, children grow up surrounded by technology. Households are full of devices connected to the Internet – some shared and some personal. For our children, technology is a normal part of their everyday life. They switch between devices, applications, and social media throughout the day without even noticing. For them, “digital life” is just “life.”
Just like in the real world, where we need to teach our children to cross the street with caution, we need to teach them to navigate in the digital world. We cannot promise that this is easy, as in most cases, our children are more open to new technologies, trends, and ways of collaborating with their friends. However, this does not remove our responsibility – we still need to keep up with them and be parents.
Here are some sample guidelines to help you in that task.
F-Secure SAFE has been designed for your entire household. It adapts to the different protection needs of small children, teens, and adults. You only need one security service for your family, as SAFE combines Internet security features with parental controls. Simply turn on parental control during installation and your children are automatically protected when they go online. F-Secure SAFE does not give you tools for spying on your children. Instead, we want to give you tools for parenting in the digital world regardless of your children’s ages. See what we can offer you.
The reputation of web pages is silently checked in the background while your children browse the Internet. Access to bad or restricted sites is automatically blocked. The default settings prevent access to known harmful and phishing sites, and to sites containing adult and violent content. Customize the settings to better meet your values and protection needs. Explicit content is also filtered out of the search results. PC users can also enjoy the benefits of F-Secure search. F-Secure Search shows traffic light icons in the search results to indicate which sites are OK to access and which are not.
Netflix or Youtube or games on a phone or console can keep kids from experiencing life. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to track of the time your children spend using various devices. F-Secure SAFE gives you the means to set time limits on using devices and apps. With these limits, you can make sure that your children do other things besides being glued to digital media. Remember to agree on the rules, and make them visible.
Children are app-savvy. They install and use various apps for communication, recreation, and study – often more capably than adults do. SAFE checks apps for any malicious code, and it also checks if the applications contain any other undesirable features, like extensive advertising. On Android, the Safe Applications feature allows you to check the permissions requested by installed apps. This helps in protecting your child’s private data from being leaked by apps. Our Android application also provides application control, where any newly installed apps must be authorized by you.
To save you from worrying about your kids’ physical safety, F-Secure SAFE supports location services on Android devices. You can simply log in to My F‑Secure portal and get the location of your child on a map. Just select a device, and make your digital parenting easier.
Give it all a try and see the difference. You can try F-Secure SAFE for free.
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