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Enable parental controls on game consoles

Parental controls on game consoles prevent children from viewing content that isn’t suitable for them and can also limit their play time. But what isn’t often mentioned is that parental controls can prevent children from accessing your payment information as well as making accidental purchases. Parental controls can be accessed in the settings menu of […]

Use parental controls to limit the content your kids can view

If you are a parent, you might wish to limit your family’s access to certain apps or websites. Most major computing platforms have parental control features allowing you to do so. For example, you can disable specific programs for individual users, oversee a child’s device and/or require your express approval for any purchases.

Personalize your YouTube ads

If your family shares a computer and you want to be able to control the types of ads your children or other family members see, you can personalize your ads in your YouTube settings. Otherwise, YouTube will try to show you targeted ads based on the data they collect about you and your family. To […]

Enable parental controls in the Play Store

Protecting your children online means ensuring that they can’t access potentially harmful apps. From the child’s Android phone or Chrome OS device, navigate to “Parental controls” under “User controls.” Set up a personal identification number (PIN) that your child won’t guess.

Take advantage of blocking certain websites from your network

Let’s say you share a network with your employees or family members. If one person visits a risky website and infects their computer with malware, all other devices on the network will be at risk. To avoid this, use content/parental controls either at the browser level (easiest) or from within your router/gateway settings.

Use parental controls on services like Netflix and YouTube

Both of these video streaming services allow for password-protected parent controls to limit what children can see. On YouTube in particular, these protections are useful for protecting your kids from the misinformation campaigns and scams that are widespread on the site.