Note: This is not a “technical” post, any parent can set this up to make the web little more secure for their kids. Read on..
I have three kids, all boys, eldest is 10 years old (Manas), followed by 7 years old (Aihan), and the youngest is 3 years old (Azat). Manas is now able to do his own research for his school assignments. Usually searching for specific topic in Google/Wikipedia. He is also into Minecraft. He follows some Minecraft YouTube Channels like DanTDM, Captain Sparklez, etc. He is almost entirely not watching any TV (he just joins in when Azat is watching some cartoons). He is either at the Home PC playing Minecraft or doing his homework, or on his iPad watching Minecraft videos and playing games. Home PC is located at the living room area, for obvious reasons.
I have talked to Manas and Aihan about basic security on Minecraft and the Web in general, such as;
- Don’t give any specific info about where you study (school name, school address) and where you live (home address) to strangers in Minecraft. Just tell them general information, like I live in Malaysia etc.
- I have explained to them that it’s ok to ignore people’s questions, you don’t have to always answer all the questions directed at you.
- I have explained the possible consequences of the above points and how some people are not as they claim to be on the internet.
- When you search for something in Google, use phrases instead of single keywords. Because single keywords are more likely to show something other than what you are looking for.
- Can’t watch / play something that is violent with bloods, PG, PG13 etc.
Alhamdulillah, my kids are also very understanding, and they do their best to be good kids on their own. I don’t have to strictly monitor their browsing, watching or playing habits. In fact, they are the ones sometimes decline to go to cinema, because they perceive the movie to be too violent or not suitable to them..
Ok, these are given. How about those accidental things that might happen on the internet? Like clicking on a link or banner that might open an inappropriate website? You can teach your kids to be responsible (managing the pull factor) but we have to also try to protect them from push factors. And this is where OpenDNS comes to our ‘rescue’. Continue reading