JuniorProtect: Block websites and keep your kid safe online
Let’s be clear: keeping your child secure on the internet is so much more than just reading a guide on “how to block websites.”
In this instalment of our young parents guide to the internet, we show you how to use the best features of JuniorProtect parental control to help your little one stay safe and sound online.
Even adults find it hard to discern online scams or avoid internet addiction , so how can you keep your precocious child on the right track as they become aware of the big three Ws?
We’ve designed our JuniorProtect parental control to back you up in this important learning stage for your little one. Whether using StarHub home broadband or mobile data, here are four ways JuniorProtect keeps your kid safe while keeping you in control - just how it should always be.
Block websites with content filters
Just as children are taught playing with fire is dangerous, the internet has unsafe elements that can be detrimental to a child with neither the maturity nor experience to handle it. Between adult websites and dodgy ad pop-ups that kids may accidentally click into, JuniorProtect’s filters can help you block unsafe content (and avoid potentially awkward dinner conversations.)
How to block websites
It’s easy to get going: simply select one of our age-group presets (Junior or Teen), or if you know specific website categories you wouldn’t like your child to be exposed to, feel free to tweak your own Custom category.
How to set Parent Access
And if you’re on your StarHub fibre broadband, you can set parent-access passwords for the adults in the house too; simply access Account Settings from the top menu of the main page to toggle Parent Access on/off.
Keep up with online reports
By understanding how your child uses the internet, you’ll be able to see and deal with any potential negative influences from unsafe websites in advance, instead of reacting when something drastic happens. JuniorProtect Plus’ online reports answers the ‘how’ of that equation, giving you an insight into your child’s digital behaviour by keeping a history of their blocked site visits. And should you want to, you can receive alerts to your mobile or email inbox whenever they visit such sites as well!
How to monitor online behaviour
You can track your child’s online behaviour from wherever you are - after logging in to the main page, you only need to select the phone number you would like to view to see the number and types of blocked sites attempted on mobile or home broadband.
Manage your child’s online play time with curfews
Most children are given their first internet-connected devices when they are in primary school - at an age where the emphasis is usually on their family and studies. If you’ve verbally agreed on internet curfews for your child, good news is you’re already halfway there! JuniorProtect Plus backs you up by enforcing the curfew times you’ve set. And if you really need to, you can even remotely switch their mobile data off.
How to set curfews
You can set two kinds of curfews. From Filter Settings at the top menu, you can select either Homework Time (setting time periods where certain content filters are in effect) or Screen-free Time (completely switching off internet access for a duration of your choosing).
Have peace of mind with mobile Location Trail
It’s not a function for stalkers: for those with younger children, the Location Trail feature on JuniorProtect Plus (mobile only) helps alleviate parental concerns about their physical whereabouts. On mobile location trails, you can see where they were - up to the past seven days!
How to use Location Trail
Under Location Trail on the main page, your child’s last-known location will be indicated in green on the map, while past locations are marked in blue - change the time period as necessary, or view a list of past locations below under the History section.
Parental control might not be the same as anti-virus software, but it’s still a form of family cybersecurity: teaching your child to avoid unsafe websites that may compromise your devices. And like important life lessons in general, educating your little one about the internet is a lot more than just a list of dos and don’ts. So whether you’re blocking websites or setting healthy surfing habits, teach them right with JuniorProtect and this guide today so they won’t fall stray to the darker side of the internet!