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An article that I have just read has once again re-enforced a concern I have long held over the whole issue of keeping our young children protected from dangerous online content.
Today’s article in The Age covers a topic that has been previously highlighted previously in this blog, about how early contact with pornography - especially online pornography - can ruin a person’s childhood, teen years, and their adult life.
It is not enough for me, as a concerned parent, to ensure that our own home internet is protected from inappropriate content, and that devices used by children have parental controls in place.
My own child will never be safe from dangerous online content unless other homes he visits have the same sort of protections in place.
As is so often the case, 8 year old boy described in the article had his first encounter with pornography on a computer at a friend’s house.
Sadly, there were no protections from this content at his own home either - allowing his obsession to grow.
Please read this article and consider what parental controls exist in your own home.
Even though you may consider your children are currently too young and innocent for this to be an issue, I firmly believe in closing that gate before the little horse bolts through it.
This is so important - not just for your own kids, but for the other children who come to your home. Remember, you may have secured your own family’s devices, but another child’s device may not be secured. Your best bet is to ensure that parental controls exist at the router level so that ALL devices connected to your internet are protected from dangerous content.
This is a matter for grandparents to consider as well. Are your grandchildren protected from unsafe content in your own home, and on your own devices.
Here is an article that I previously published, about how I achieved this router-level control in our own home.
If you need any help securing your home internet or devices, contact iTandCoffee on 1300 885 420 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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