Control your young child's computerBy Jonathan Stromberg
Nowadays computers often play a big role in the lives of even very young children. Many parents are keen to have their young children using the home computer as soon as possible, considering that this will give them a head-start in their education. Children are using computers at a very early age, as young as preschool. When parents are considering how to control their young child's computer, they need to consider the following. Some of the pros of a young child using the computer are as follows:
1) Check with their teachers for suggested Web sites and for recommendations for good resources online.
2) Not let young children use interactive games, such as X-Box Live or Sony Playstation network. Try (for instance) Toontown.com instead.
3) Sit down with them as often as possible and find out what sites they like to visit online, and ask or answer questions about these sites.
4) Look for safe site lists that can be trusted. There is an approved safe sites list at WiredKids.
5) Consider the vast array of parental control technology that is available to help parents control their young child's computer.
To summarize the points made above, instead of simply promoting computer use, parents and educators should control their young child's computer and only let their young children use the computer/Internet very selectively.
People, groups and organizations from all walks of life are creating a cleaner and more selective virtual environment for kids. One of these organizations is SoftForYou, a filtering and monitoring software company, which offers programs that are designed to help parents control their young child's computer; by enabling their young child to use the computer and the Internet, whilst been shielded from its harmful and potentially dangerous effects. Their latest program is called 1stClicks. This program is extremely effective in enabling parents to control their young child's computer use.
This parental control technology is suitable exactly for young children, because it blocks all sites and programs that aren’t pre-approved, rather than just filtering out the “bad” sites.
1stClicks is a simple and very reliable program, which allows you to set exactly which programs and web sites you want your young child to have access to. Your child will only be able to enter sites that have been specially selected by you, and play only on the games that you have allowed. All other web sites and programs will not be accessible by your child. Normally these are accessible through your Windows desktop, but 1stClicks temporarily hides this desktop and replaces it with a new one from which your child will be able to use the computer.
Whilst this program has been designed to enable you to control your young child’s computer use, it can also be put in place in order to limit the access to the computer of employees.
To fin out more please go to www.softforyou.com.
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