An NBC affiliate in Chicago has reported that Parents were surprised to find out that school accounts don’t block inappropriate content from the school computers used by students. One mom discovered her kids were able to get around the settings she put in on the home computer when her kids were using the google accounts provided by the school’s administration.
Bypassing With Help Of The School
Most parent’s already understand that kids are a minimum of one step ahead with today’s technology. With a separate google platform, her kids and others are able to get around parental settings on the computers or handheld devices at home when signed in through the given accounts. A high tech police detective suggests this is why using applications like TeenSafe are important when it comes to keeping our kids safe while they’re on the internet.
Bypass Prevention Can Be A Challenge
A veteran police detective focused on technology crimes says its tough because the schools are monitoring content on their equipment, but the responsibility still falls on the parent to monitor their kids web surfing. Parents assume that things are safe because they come from the school but that’s not the case. The equipment is safe while the kid is at school, but at home is a different story.
Parental Settings Are Not The Total Answer
Channel 5 NBC news investigators report parental settings are not guaranteed to work 100%. They are even less likely to work in a crossover situation like this. If you have a particular browser set up for kids to use, while this browser may block certain content, all your kid has to do is download and install a different browser and they would be able to bypass parental settings and have full access to the internet.
Be Proactive, Use TeenSafe
The detective wants to remind parents that it is their responsibility to know what’s going on. Monitoring is a parent’s job at least until kids reach the age of 18. TeenSafe is a great app to help parents who don’t have the time to monitor consistently. They spend a lot of time on the internet, so it helps to have an app that works.