During the school holidays your children will probably be keen to use the Internet to browse websites, play games and download music. It can be tricky to supervise online activity but there are some steps that you can take to make their Internet experience safer.

Windows Parental Controls will help you to manage how your children use the home computer. Set limits on your children’s access to the web, the hours they can log on, the games they can play, and which programs they can run.

To turn on Parental Controls, click on the Windows Start button in the bottom left hand corner of your screen. Now, click Control Panel and then, under User Accounts, click Set up Parental Controls. Click the Standard User Account for which you want to set Parental Controls. Under Parental Controls, click On and start to adjust the individual settings that you want to manage.

In addition to the controls that Windows provides, you can purchase specialist Parental Control Software. Install it on any computer your children will use and set it up to block the content you don’t want them to have access to.

You can also help your children to access age appropriate websites by downloading a children’s browser. Most filter inappropriate content and they are often easy for youngsters to use. Try out www.luciboo.com and check out the Firefly browser which has been created with children in mind.