This post was sponsored on behalf of Net Nanny via One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.
Since Zoë moved to independent study this semester, we decided it would be ideal for her to have her own laptop (review on the one she's using coming soon!). That way we could teach her to do internet research and type up papers without needing to allow her to use our computers.
She's almost 8, and I don't see her purposefully trying to do anything deceitful or dangerous online. However, since she's new to using a computer, I worry that she might accidentally stumble upon something she shouldn't be on. There are certain subjects I just don't want her to learn about on the internet.
So when I heard Net Nanny could help protect her while she's online, I wanted to give it a try on her laptop. I installed it while she was out snowboarding with Brian, so she has no idea that it's even on her computer. It was so easy to install – it just took a few minutes.
After I installed it, I was able to log into our Net Nanny account from my computer. I love how many options Net Nanny gives you for filters. There are a total of 18 categories of online content to either block, warn or allow for view. Since Zoë isn't quite 8, I have her filters set pretty restrictive right now.
You can even Always Allow or Always Block any website you want in addition to the filters. That gives parents total control over what sites their children can be on.
If your child's computer is in their room, you can control what hours they will be able to access the internet so they're not up all night. Since Zoë's laptop is currently in the common family area, I don't have this feature enabled.
Zoë isn't on social media yet either, but you can bet when we get to that point I'll be enabling the Social Media Monitoring feature. It helps protect kids from online threats and monitors activities related to your child's “friends” like cyberbullying, sexual predators, privacy concerns and reputation-damaging pictures or videos. Social media can be a big, scary things for tweens and teens, so I love that Net Nanny offers this feature.
In addition, I really like that they email me an update each week. Time goes by fast and I don't always remember to log in to the Net Nanny account to check on things. This weekly email is a nice reminder of what is going on in my daughter's online life.
While Kaylee doesn't have a computer yet, I like that Net Nanny offers the ability to create multiple user profiles. So when Kaylee does get a computer, we can set different parameters for both girls, depending upon their needs.
Right now, we have a Net Nanny Family Protection Pass. It's is a software bundle that works with Android or iOS smartphones, tablets and desktop PC computers. Since both girls also have tablets, we thought this was the way to go. In addition, Net Nanny just released a brand new iOS update in the App Store. It’s available exclusively as part of a Net Nanny Family Protection Pass and lets children of all ages safely browse the web on iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
If you're looking for an easy way to protect your children online, check out Net Nanny's services.
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