Wouldn't it be nice if your kid or teen always checked with you before they went online or tried to visit a questionable website? Even better would be if you were able to control the types of sites they could visit on the vast World Wide Web! The reality, sadly true, is that the Internet makes it so easy for kids to browse freely and access sites with content that may or may not be appropriate for them. Besides, our lives (which gets busier every day) make it more and more difficult for us to constantly watch over where our kids are going online. As moms, we want to trust our kids online, but it's even better if we can use tools to help use keep the bad influences at bay.
The AOL Safety Toolbar is an alternative to traditional heavy parental controls PC software.It's a light-weight web filtering toolbar that filters inappropriate content and provides built-in "family-friendly" search results. This free toolbar is designed for parents who want to safeguard and monitor their children's Internet browsing and works with both Internet Explorer and Firefox.
The AOL Safety Toolbar's dynamic filters evaluate sites in real time helping to ensure that most objectionable content is blocked even if it was just posted to the web minutes ago. With its dual filtering mode (strict & moderate), the AOL Safety toolbar allows for flexible family settings, and parents have the ability to customize their own list of "blocked" sites. The family-friendly search box built into the toolbar provides only family safe search results.
The AOL Safety Toolbar is also the only parental controls toolbar to offer a "warning" mode instead of just a "blocking" mode. If a parent selects this option, a child who encounters a page that may have inappropriate content sees a warning that the site may not be appropriate for them, and then the child can choose whether or not to continue on to that site allowing for uninterrupted web browsing.The toolbar will report the site visit so parents know where their children have been on the Internet.Detailed activity reports provide information about which sites your kids have visited, sites that have been blocked/ warned, and sites to which your child has requested access. Parents can view reports directly from the toolbar or via email. This serves as a great conversation starter if you notice that your kid is visiting or being blocked from sites that they shouldn't be trying to visit.
If you're looking for an easy way to monitor and safeguard your child's web browsing experience, you may want to check out the AOL Safety Toolbar.Since every family's needs and values are different, only you can determine what type of parental controls tool is right for you and your family. The AOL Safety Toolbar delivers a light-weight web filtering product with detailed reports on web activity. Parents looking for a more robust parental controls solution may want to use a full-featured parental controls software solution such as AOL Parental which provides web filtering, Activity Reports on the web as well as via email, time limit controls, and contact controls for AIM and AOL Mail.You can see more about parental controls options in our article "Parental Controls Basics".
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