Google has launched a new Family Safety Center, a repository of good practices and advice on how to educate your kids about the dangers online and how to use the tools Google and others provide to keep them safe while surfing the internet.
The Family Safety Center aims to provide parents and teachers with tools to help them choose what content their children see online, offer tips and advice to families about how to stay safe online and work closely with organizations such as charities, others in the online industry and government bodies dedicated to protecting young people.
Since Google and its services are used quite often by both parents and children, it’s a good idea to know how parents can provide a safe experience on Google for their kids.
Google Family Safety Center – What is it all about:
Google enlisted the help of child safety organizations but also real parents at the company to come up with ideas and guides for those looking for ways to efficiently protect their children online.
Google lists the advice of some well-known organizations from around the world, like the OnGuard Online initiative, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, the Australian Communications and Media Authority, U.K.’s ChildNet and New Zealand’s NetSafe.
There are different section covering various topics on the Safety Center:
Google has built many tools into their products that help you manage Internet safety.
SafeSearch and YouTube Safety Mode help you control the type of content you see on these services and you can learn more about these here.
Google works closely with a number of child safety organizations in the US. Read advice from these partners on topics that are often concerning to parents such as meeting strangers online and cyberbullying.
Many Google products enable users to share their own content and they count on the millions of community users to report abuse on these platforms. Here’s a quick guide to reporting inappropriate content.
The Family Safety Center has a dedicated YouTube channel, where you can watch videos of some of the parents at Google talking about how they manage their children’s safety online and read safety tips from Google.
Tactics they use range from limiting screen time and preventing computers in kids’ bedrooms to ad hoc checks on their browser history and social networking profiles. Everyone has different ideas and there’s no right or wrong answer, but hopefully some of these will resonate and inspire you.
With kids growing up in an age where digital know-how is essential, it’s increasingly important to ensure that they’re developing healthy, safe and responsible online habits. These tips can help a lot of parents, to make the right decisions while monitoring theirs kids online.