Children of this cyber age are increasingly falling prey to dubious materials available on internet. Streaming video of ghastly violent acts, pornographic clips and violent games affect psychology of a child adversely. Few clicks of mouse are enough to give the little ones instant access to world of adults and perverts.
As such, it has become necessary for parents and guardians to maintain vigil on their children while they are surfing. If the children know that their activities are being monitored they are expected to reserve their activities. However, this may not be true always, especially for a problem of child.
Parental control software is applied to restrict usage and freedom of children while exploring web. Such software allows you to select programs that children can use and monitor the activities over net. Some of these programs over block and some under block undesirable sites but overall their performances are found to be effective. You get an idea about tendency of your child to surf the prohibited sites.
Pornographic and violent sites are not the only threats on internet. Sexually perverts like pedophiles are on prowl. Such people use internet to lure children in their clutches. This may start from simple chatting. It is imperative for parents to know with whom their child is chatting frequently and about what. Parental software helps to monitor chatting history of your children.
Selecting parental control software or internet filter software is primarily determined by extent of protection you want. Windows 7 and Vista, Snow Leopard and Leopard of Mac offer in built basic protection. These are good to begin with but hardly provide comprehensive control. Best programs like Safe Eyes or Net Nanny require annual renewal of subscription. In some cases, like Norton Internet security 2010, parental control is included as part of internet security.
While choosing parental control software make sure it is easy to use. The software should be easy to install and used by people having different levels of computer operating skills. Look for software that offers combination of filtering techniques like keyword filtering, dynamic filtering and URL filtering. Effective parental control software provides reports on chat room activities, websites visited and IM (instant massaging) conversations and filter keywords in multiple languages.