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Parental Control Software: How Kids Don’t End Up On Porn

The Internet offers many opportunities – but also risks. By using parental control software, parents can ensure more security on digital devices and protect their children from inappropriate content. However, software should not remain the only security measure nor should it be used as a monitoring tool, it recommends
“Look! What your child is doing in the media” initiative.

Many parents worry that teens will end up with inappropriate websites using their smartphones or computers, or using apps that are inappropriate for their age. Says Kristen Langer, Media Coach at SCHAU HIN! Offers such as Salfeld, JusProg, or Google Family Link offer different protective measures depending on the provider and the device on which they will be used. However, only a few, such as JusProg, are officially recognized as a youth protection program under the State Youth Media Protection Treaty.

Protect these settings

Parental control apps provide the ability to restrict access to websites and apps. This applies to mobile devices as well as laptops, computers, and game consoles. Youth protection apps for smartphones and tablets can usually filter by age group, for example only showing shows for children up to the age of twelve. This excludes many unsuitable applications, but the filters do not provide 100% protection. It is safer to make a list of individual offerings that parents know or have previously checked and let their children do it. This works, for example, with Google Family Link for smartphones and tablets, but also with many youth protection apps for PC. There, parents can usually use menus with appropriate content provided by the program. Conversely, so-called “blacklists” can also be used to exclude inappropriate and age-appropriate offers, while other websites remain accessible. For example, porn sites and gambling sites known to operators of youth protection programs will not be shown.

Do not use for surveillance

When families use parental control apps, it is important to discuss this with children and explain why: “When children understand that it is their parents’ responsibility to protect them and their well-being, they will accept measures such as restrictions imposed by parental control software much better.” Some software providers allow websites to be seen much better. And applications visited by the child or track the location of the smartphone. These functions should only be used after prior agreement. “When parents use youth protection programs to monitor children, it restricts children’s right to privacy and independence. In addition, children are not taught to take responsibility for themselves and their actions,” explains Christine Langer.

Binding agreements are the best protection

No matter which app parents choose – they can’t be the only solution: “Child protection software is a support. They don’t replace the conversation between adults and children about safe media use.” Apps help, but they don’t provide comprehensive protection against risks: they don’t always Reliably filter inappropriate content. There are also ways to bypass the program. Also, the programs do not recognize attacks by other people. Despite installed protection programs, online sexual manipulation (“online grooming”) or malicious behavior can occur via The Internet (including “cyberbullying”) The best way for parents to protect their children here is to explain the risks, agree on concrete behavioral choices and indicate that they are the ones responsible for communication in every situation.

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“Look at what your child is doing to the media.” It is a joint initiative of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and public broadcasters Das Erste, ZDF and AOK – Die Gesundheitskasse. The Media Guide for Families has been supporting parents and educators since 2003 in promoting their children’s use of the media.

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SCHAU HIN! Was Dein Kind mit Medien macht.
Patrizia Barth
Chausseestraße 13, 10115 Berlin
Tel.: 030 5268 52 132
E-Mail: presse@schau-hin.info
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