The Children's Advocacy Center of Cherokee County
Does your child spend a lot of time on their cell phone or digital device? Find resources to help better protect your child online here!
Learn how to start the conversation to better protect your child.
There’s no doubt about it: we are living in a digital age. Children and teens of all ages are surfing the web and logging on to social platforms daily.Check out our round-up of some of the best browser toolbars, software systems, and apps that you can use to help keep your children and teens safe online
When your child attempts to access a website, the toolbar first checks to see if the site is self-labeled, then compares this site label to your parental settings and determines whether to block or allow access. If the site is not self-labeled, then the toolbar scans an extensive list of 3rd-party labels before deciding whether to block or allow. The toolbar also allows parents to add specific websites to a personal ‘always blocked’ or ‘always allowed’ list. Although no system is ever perfect and cannot guarantee that all unwanted websites will be blocked, parents will be able to more effectively control the types of websites their children access with this tool.
Mobicip is a browser that can be downloaded onto most devices. It can be set as a default browser by replacing Safari and Chrome on your iPhone and Android phone respectively. Mobicip uses age-based filtering so that you can set the level of age of the user, or you can set it to No filtering – Reports Only to get an idea of what your children are searching for and watching online.
Cost: Basic Package-Free/ Premium $39.99/year
The earliest parental control tools served the very specific purpose of keeping kids from accidentally (or deliberately) surfing to inappropriate websites. These days, for many kids, surfing the Web just isn’t a thing. Instead, they spend their time on social media. The free MinorMonitor service aims to help parents keep track of that social media activity.
curbi is an app for all smartphones that allows you to manage and monitor your child’s mobile web and app activity. With just a couple of clicks you can lock apps, block inappropriate sites and put a time limit on screen time. curbi is all about protection for your child, and peace of mind for you.
Cost: Basic – Free | Premium $3.99/month
Bark monitors texts, email, YouTube, and 30+ apps and social media platforms for signs of issues like cyberbullying, sexual content, online predators, depression, suicidal ideation, threats of violence, and more.
With content monitoring, you can get email and text alerts when Bark detects potential issues so you can talk to your child and make sure everything is okay.
Cost: Free to all parents of Cherokee County schools.
SecureTeen’s protective tools will help you limit your teen’s time online, restrict their access to harmful and mature content, and help keep them safe against online predators and cyberbullying. It’s simple to use and efficient at safeguarding your teen.
It is important to keep your baby safe while sleeping. We’ve outlined some safe sleep resources below, including simple guidelines to help you create a safe sleep environment for your baby.
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