What is it?
An internet content filter is software that helps manage access to content on your home computer. Installing an internet content filter reduces the risk of your family coming into contact with something upsetting or dangerous online, but does not offer total protection.
How does it work?
Internet content filters offer a range of different functions to block, screen or monitor unwanted material. The Australian Government's NetAlert website advises that unfortunately, there is no single action or internet content filter that does everything and it's not advisable to have two or more internet content filters installed on your computer at the same time.
Why are internet filters useful?
Internet content filters can be used to help block offensive webpages and manage information such as that from chat rooms. Some internet content filters can set time limits for online use as well as help you monitor the online activities of your children. Internet content filters can be individually set for different members of your family.
What do you need to keep in mind about your children and internet filters?
NetAlert warns that while internet content filters are a valuable tool to help keep you and your family safe online, they should be used in conjunction with other measures. To stay safe online, it is also recommended that you have a security product installed on your computer to protect you and your family from spyware attacks, viruses and phishing.