Using “parental controls” on your web browser and software allow you to block sites you feel are unsuitable for your children. They can also limit the amount of time your child spends on the internet and restrict the times when internet can be used. Your child may have other access to the internet, for examples a friends tablet or internet café, so it is always worth speaking to your child about keeping safe online and using the internet appropriately.
The Argyll and Bute Wellbeing in Sexual Health website, www.ab-wish.org is designed for the viewing of young people over the age of 13 years and adults. If you are a parent or carer and wish to place parental controls to on your web browser or other software you have to block this site you may wish to use one of the following:
Windows 7 Parental Controls and Windows Live Family Safety
These programmes work with Windows 7 and will allow you to monitor how much time you child spends on the internet as well as blocking setting controls to websites.
For more information click on the Microsoft: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows7/products/features/parental-controls
If your child accesses the internet using Apple MacIntosh products there are parental controls produced by Apple Mac that you can use. For more information click on their site and go to the product your child is using.
Firefox provide many free parental controls for web browsers. For more information about how to add on parental controls to the Firefox web browser look at the Mozilla website.
Third Party Parental Controls
There are lots of other organisations that have produced parental controls that you can purchase. Some of these include:
Please refer to the site individual sites for further information.