Windows family safety – setting up

The family safety feature in Windows 8 seems like a good way to monitor computer use, I’m using it at home and we’ll see how it goes. Here’s how to set it up…


Digitally Confident – website

Digitally Confident – website

This is an interesting page, from the US but a lot of very useful info for all audiences, including some specific sections for kids, parents and schools.

An example of what is on their parents’ page – I am sure a lot of people will relate to this!


When we’re faced by the ever more powerful and exciting ways technology is part of the everyday lives of our children and young people in our care. The temptation may be to either put our hands in the air and say; ‘I can’t keep up! My child knows more about technology than me’ or even; ‘That’s it! The world is dangerous and I forbid my child to ever go on line, have a Facebook account or mobile phone.’”

Digitally Confident – website


Kidoz – lock down tablets and PCs

Kidoz – lock down tablets and PCs

Not something I’ve tried, but would be interested to hear feedback on how useful and usable Kidoz is.

This is what they say on their web site

KIDO’Z allows kids to play their favorite apps and discover new ones within a safe and secure environment.

KIDO’Z automatically filters the apps on the phone/tablet, and only displays those apps that are recognized as safe, relevant and appropriate for your children’s ages.

KIDO’Z is also automatically updated when new kids’ friendly apps are added to the device. In addition to this, you can manually manage the approved apps list for the individual needs of each of your children, from the password-protected Parental Control panel.

Pros and Cons of Family Filters

I posted some information a few weeks ago about ‘family-friendly broadband’, you can read that information here.

Unfortunately, a filtered broadband service is not a silver bullet, there are disadvantages.  For example, if you apply a blanket family filter to your service, a website like, which allows you to find recommended wine, is blocked.  Bizarrely, is also blocked by the O2 family filter.  McDonalds and Coca Cola however, are not…

Family filters are pretty blunt objects.  You might find your household internet connection becomes less useful if you use one – but if you want a simple way to stop 99.9% of the worst of the Internet getting to your kids, whilst they are in your house, then they’re still worth considering.

One more thing – remember that although your broadband is filtered, if your child takes a device to their friend’s house, or somewhere with an unfiltered connection, the protection is lost.  It is best to ensure the browser blocks unwanted content as described in another earlier post.


Products that I have mentioned so far are free for personal use.  However if you like more support with your software a paid-for app might be right for you.  NetNanny have been around for years and should know their stuff by now, they certainly have a very feature-rich offer for those that want to know exactly what their kids have been up to, rather than just blocking the bad guys.  This online review has a good run-down of the features.


Net Nanny can be purchased in the UK at

(I have no connection with any software provider mentioned in this blog!)

Family friendly broadband

A simple way to keep your broadband connection family-friendly is to use a pre-filtered subscription.  This may be slightly restrictive for some families, such filters can be pretty broad and block sites that many adults might want to access, such as gambling sites, and those that review wine etc.  However they are a worthwhile option and maintains a list of suppliers.

Does this even matter? Part 2

The organisation (ISC)2 mentioned in the previous post commissioned a survey amongst children which was reported on by the BBC today.

A quote from a representative of (ISC)2 – “Youngsters actually participate in a lot of risky behaviours that I don’t believe the parents know about. Not because of any ill will on behalf of the parents, it’s just that the parents do not understand technology.”

Full story at