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Let’s be clear: keeping your child secure on the internet is so much more than just reading a guide on “how to block websites.” In this instalment of our young parents guide to the internet, we show you how to use the best features of JuniorProtect parental control to help your little one stay safe and sound online.Even adults find it hard to discern online scams or avoid internet addiction , so how can you keep your precocious child on the right track as they become aware of the big three Ws? We’ve designed our  JuniorProtect parental control to back you up in this important learning stage for your little one. Whether using the home broadband or mobile data, here are four ways JuniorProtect keeps your kid safe while keeping you in control – just how it should always be.Block websites with content filtersJust as children are taught playing with fire is dangerous, the internet has unsafe elements that can be detrimental to a child with neither the maturity nor experience to handle it. Between adult websites and dodgy ad pop-ups that kids may accidentally click into, JuniorProtect’s filters can help you block unsafe content (and avoid potentially awkward dinner conversations.) It’s easy to get going: simply select one of our age-group presets (Junior or Teen), or if you know specific website categories you wouldn’t like your child to be exposed to, feel free to tweak your own Custom category. And if you’re using JuniorProtect on your StarHub fibre broadband, you can set parent-access passwords for the adults in the house too!  Quick steps: to set filters and parent-access passwordsAfter logging in to the JuniorProtect main page, select the phone number (mobile or home broadband) you would like to apply content filters to. Use our Junior or Teen preset or select Custom to set your own categories depending on what you think is safe for your child.To apply a parent-access password, access Account Settings from the top menu of the main page and toggle Parent Access on/off.Keep up with your child with online reportsHere’s a top tip: talk with and understand how your child uses the internet, not just reacting when something drastic happens. If you do, your child will more likely look to you as a role model to emulate good (and safe) digital etiquette. JuniorProtect Plus’ online reports answers the ‘how’ part of that equation, giving you an insight into your child’s digital  behaviour by keeping a history of their blocked site visits. And should you want to, you can receive alerts to your mobile or email inbox whenever they visit such sites as well! Quick steps: to view reports and set alerts (JuniorProtect Plus only)After logging in to the JuniorProtect main page, select the phone number (mobile or home broadband) you would like to view the report of, followed by Activity Report from the top menu.Select the reporting time period you would like to view and a summary of blocked sites will appear.If needed, you can set real-time or weekly alerts to your SMS/email under Alert Subscriptions on the Activity Report page (remember to Save Settings at the bottom of the page to lock your changes Manage your child’s online play time with curfewsMost children are given their first internet-connected devices when they are in primary school – at an age where the emphasis is usually on their family and studies. If you’ve verbally agreed on internet curfews for your child, good news is you’re already halfway there! JuniorProtect Plus backs your words up by enforcing the curfew times you’ve set.  And if you really need to, you can even remotely switch their mobile data off.Quick steps: set up time-based curfews and toggle mobile data (JuniorProtect Plus Only)After logging in to the JuniorProtect main page, select the phone number you would like to apply the curfew to, followed by Filter Settings from the top menu.Under Set Internet Curfew, you may select either Homework Time (to select your own time period where certain content filters are in effect) or Screen-free Time (to select your own time period where internet/data access can be completely switched off) If necessary (for mobiles), you can immediately stop data usage by selecting Manage Data on the JuniorProtect main page – clicking it takes you to the phone number’s My Account Manager, and you can toggle mobile data on/off under the page’s Mobile Data Access section.Have peace of mind with mobile Location TrailIt’s not a function for stalkers: for parents with younger children, the Location Trail feature on JuniorProtect Plus (mobile only) helps alleviate safety concerns about their physical whereabouts. With mobile location trails, not only can you see where they are, you can also see where they were (up to the past seven days.) Quick steps: view Location Trail (JuniorProtect Plus Only)After logging in to the JuniorProtect main page, select the phone number whose trail you would like to view, followed by Location Trail from the top menu.Your child’s last-known location will be indicated in green on the map, while past locations are marked in blue. You can change the time period as necessary, or view a list of past locations below under the History section.Parental control isn’t the same as anti-virus software, but the point remains: teaching your child to avoid unsafe websites that may compromise your devices is also a form of cyber security. And like important life lessons in general,  educating your little one about the internet is a lot more than just a list of dos and don’ts. So whether you’re blocking websites on JuniorProtect Basic or using the full suite of features with JuniorProtect Plus, you’ll be able to guide your child safely so they won’t fall stray to the darker side of the internet. Block websites and keep your child safe online from only $2.68 a month with JuniorProtect!

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