Parental control, the web guide for your children

Parental control, the web guide for your children

Hello guys, today I want to bring a controversial topic for discussion, the access to the web for children and adolescents and parental supervision. I bring this subject, because as I am nice, I read in one of the most popular newspapers here in Rio Grande do Sul about children's internet use. Among the many approaches there were also some tips.

After the idea of ​​digital inclusion became a reality, it came into existence from even the concept of "connected cities" or "infocities" among others, ie cities with internet access in most public places, access was really made easier, the point that highlighted by Lawyer Patrcia Peck Pinheiro, interviewed in the case in the newspaper, that even with the digital inclusion parents still (in most homes) do not know how to interact with all technology, computers and smartphones especially. Well, I haven't had the privilege of parenting yet, but I can see from the societies to which I live the real concern of some parents and the complete neglect of others.

Some questions raised and tips:

Navigation Control:

It is recommended if using parental control software is possible, as often this block or restriction is obtained directly from the internet providers. It is recommended for parents to search spontaneously for their children's names on major social networks and even on Google for words and images.

Age to login:

This is a delicate point, in my opinion there should be no restriction on age, the sooner a child is inserted in the digital environment the better, I reinforce it in my view.Anyway, even without a special age to start using the web I believe that on average the age of 14 years (perhaps a little more) should be an appropriate age to give the user greater freedoms, before that navigation should be assisted.


Especially those of social networks used by children, the parent MUST know what passwords are for access to social networks and monitor what the child does, often he may fall into some tricks or traps innocently, but surely the other Side (unknown side) does not have the same innocence.

The role of educators:

At this stage I also include myself, since I am also a computer instructor, especially for computer instructors from both specialized and high schools, our duty to approach the topic in an ethical manner and to instruct the proper use of the Internet, to show ways of browsing. safe and yes, without being extremist, encourage the use of Linux with Operating System, preventing the computer from being affected by too many viruses, where in most families the shared computer, a virus that a child may catch, can be used to steal passwords for access to a bank that is the father of the same client. The approach should be not only in disciplines involving computing, but should also occur in others, such as philosophy.

Some other questions:

-Profiles on social networks: We know that most of them require a minimum age limit to participate in the network, if we are going to put an average maybe 14 years approximately. The child should not be allowed to circumvent this rule by creating a fake profile, one solution to this would be to create a profile on his or her behalf and share the profile management with the child always watching over him.

-Email Access: Email passwords should never be unknown to parents.

-Access via Smartphone: As a smartphone something very personal, it is more difficult to control users' access, but a tip that can be given, as on such a device usually has a lot of information people, passwords, etc. It is ideal to use a lock password on the device in addition to using programs for remote information lock.

-Shipping Time: Up to 10 years is not recommended to use the Internet for more than two hours a day, later when the computer becomes a more necessary tool can extend to a period of four to six hours.


Of course, I need to be careful, especially with the people you love most, all the deadlines and dates, times, in this article are general advice, which can and should be taken into account, but nothing like a good parent / child relationship, dialogue and advice. Each case can be analyzed separately.

And what do you think about this question? Should parents monitor their children? What is the best age to give you more freedom of access in your opinion? And Linux, do you think fits the current info-education?