how to protect children

A few numbers to get you started…

▪️ By the age of 12, almost 1 in 3 children have already been exposed to pornographic videos
▪️ Every second young person states that they came across it by accident
▪️ More than half believe they saw their first pornographic pictures too young.

Step 1: Enable Parental Controls

Turn on parental controls to keep your kids safe
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To limit the risks, you must first enable parental controls.

There are three types:

1️⃣ The Basics: Phone Company Parental Controls

Free, they allow you to perform a first filter by blocking content on:

  • mobile phone, mobile phone : inappropriate sites (charm, dating, etc.), premium rate numbers, etc.
  • computer : Locations unsuitable for children. It is also possible to define an authorized screen time.
  • TV : to secure the purchase of TV packages, videos on demand and video games, and to block access to adult content.
  • • You can also trade with the parental controls on the Wi-Fi connectionby limiting internet access times.

> To access it, You just have to activate them.

2️⃣ More complete: parental control options

👉 L’application Google family link (free)

With Google Family Link you can:

  • • Manage apps your child has access to
  • • Manage your screen time
  • • Track mobile activity
  • • And to make him discover applications recommended by teachers.

👉 functionality screen time (free)

It is only accessible if you and your child have an iPhone. With this function you can (among other things):

  • • Schedule screen-free downtime
  • • Limit the usage time of certain applications
  • • Authorize their access (or not)
  • • Block inappropriate content

3️⃣ Top of the line: Apps like Xooloo Digital Coach or Qustodio

👉 Xooloo Digital Coach (between €2.99/month and €6.99/month, with a preferential rate for Orange subscribers)

Xooloo Digital Coach is a coaching application. His goal: to empower children to become independent in their digital lives by helping them adopt responsible habits themselves.

  • • The app blocks objectionable content
  • • It shows kids the screen time they spent on each app
  • • She compares her use with that of other children in order to better assess herself
  • • Send them notifications to encourage, coach, warn…
  • • Pass this information on to the parents.

👉 Qustodio (from €42.95/year)

Another interesting application, Qustodio, allows parents to:

  • • Filter inappropriate content and applications
  • • Block access to specific content and applications during homework and lessons
  • • Limit screen time
  • • Monitor children’s activities
  • • Find family members on a map
  • • Track their calls and SMS

> For more information on parental controls, sign up for the free Orange Workshop » Understand and take control of parental control” by clicking here.

Step 2: Talk to your child

Protect your kids from shocking images
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Parental controls are not a perfect solution. Some content may slip through the cracks. And after a certain age Children know very well how to deal with it…

That’s why it’s important to talk about shocking content beforehand. The phrase to gain their trust?

If you see objectionable content, report me. Don’t worry, I won’t punish you and erase your phone.

Talking about this content will help the child to keep the right distance from him and calm him down.

To help you during the discussion, you can…

👉 Help supported. The platform”I protect my child offers many resources, depending on your child’s age, to support, reassure, limit discomfort, open dialogue about sex and propose solutions…
👉 The platform also features a Questions and Answers section, with for example “I caught my child looking at a pornographic site. How do I tell him that?” Answers i.e.
👉 Rule : don’t blame your child create a climate trust and understanding etc informant (“What these pictures show is not what adults do”).

3. Children’s Internet

Youtube Kids, the safe space for children
YouTube Kids

Several major Internet companies offer areas known to be safe for children. For example…

👉 YouTube has set up a section for children in 2016 that filters the content. But the system is anything but infallible. YouTube Kids admits it themselves, stating on its homepage that “no system is perfect and inappropriate videos can fall through the cracks”.

👉 Search engines also provide “Kidz” versions. google with Safe Search for Kids or Qwant with Qwant Jr suitable for 6-13 years.

Once again, nothing beats dialogue!

For more information, here are some guides on the subject

👉 The platform” I protect my child« aims to help parents protect their children from online pornography and has many resources to help them discuss and raise awareness.
👉Download the guide from the French Telecom Federation by clicking here: Internet, How to support and protect your child »
👉 The website ” My child and the screens” lists many problems ranging from managing privacy settings to online blackmail.
👉 The UNAF Guide « Kids and Screens: Take Control »with advice on how to limit screen time and protect your kids from inappropriate content.

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