PART IV: TRACKING YOUR KIDS INTERNET ACTIVITIES
By Safety Officer Laurence J Rotondi and Joseph Denehy
(Safety Officer's Newspaper Column)
In an effort to continue educating parents and children on basic internet safety, as always, we stress that common sense should apply. Keeping the computer in a visible or popular area of the house and taking an interest in what kids are doing while online is a good start. The computer keeps track of where it's been on the internet and here is a way of checking a history of internet sites visited: On a Windows 95/98/ME computer: Click on Start - Settings - Control Panel. In the Control Panel window, double click on Internet Options. Under the General tab, click on Settings - View Files. This will display a history of recently visited internet sites and some picture files associated with these sites.
Another area to consider is the use of parental control settings or internet filtering software. Users of America Online can set parental controls right in the America Online software. Click on MY AOL on the top menu bar then click on parental controls. You will then make choices based on your needs. Note - only the owner of the account or master screen name holder can make these changes.
There are also many third party software filtering packages available for purchase or download. Some of the better known products are CyberPatrol, Net Nanny, Cybersitter, Guard Dog and SOS Kidproof. There are many others. They range in price from free to about $40. Most computer retail stores have a wide selection or you can go online and use an internet search box. Search on the term "internet filtering software" or a similar phrase. You will be presented with a lengthy list of choices and resources.
Please keep in mind that filtering software and parental control settings, while helpful, are not foolproof. There is no substitute for being aware and staying involved.
Please review our other important information:
PART I: BASIC INTERNET SAFETY RULES FOR THE FAMILY
PART II: INTERNET SAFETY TIPS FOR YOUTHS
PART III: CHAT ROOMS AND THE WORLD WIDE NET
Remarks by Lisa J. Barstow, Massachusetts Family Institute