Do you know what your children do while on the Internet, what pages they visit, what information they share? Do you realize every visit to the data network leaves its mark without us being aware of it? For example, 15-year-old Nina has just looked up a pair of blue sneakers at an online shop – and now the shoes are showing up again as an advertising banner on a completely different website. Then there’s another one. And another one. It’s like the sneakers are chasing her…
Personality Profiles Invade The Privacy – And That’s Not The Only Concern
Hidden behind this sentence is the term “tracking”, the attempt of companies to create personality profiles on the basis of the collected data. These profiles not only ensure that annoying advertising stalks us on every website we visit, but our entire surfing behavior is also analyzed – on all visited online pages and on all devices used! Linking these data elements creates personality profiles that penetrate deeply into our privacy. And that applies to our children as much as it does to us! And the most dangerous thing is not even the creation of personality profiles- but what the harmful content does to our children that parents have no control over. Not long ago the New York Times reported about how children that accidentally visit porn sites are affected and how parents are in despair in how to talk to their kids about this issue when the child may not yet understand what is going on on that screen.
Can families surf anonymously and protect their children knowing that their health could be in danger by watching youtube for example? The parenting survival for anxiety & OCD for all ages discussed this topic and alarmed parents about why youtube is causing young kids to go to therapy. Of course, parents are not able to watch over their children’s online behavior all of the time and definitely cannot make their kid watch one youtube video a day. For example, they start with one video and end up watching for 4 to 5 hours. After they’re finished watching, of course, they have to tell their friends what they’ve just watched and started sharing their thoughts on Facebook or Twitter.
Around 59 percent of children have already used a social network by the time they are 10, and 43 percent have messaged strangers online by the age of 12, as the British newspaper The Telegraph tells. Children using social networks underage exposes them to danger when kids might not realize the risks of giving personal information to strangers yet, on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram? Tracking Ads that follow your child from site to site and manipulate their online behavior. It is virtually impossible for parents to prevent data collecting with their own measures. Just deleting cookies does not help, further steps are required for anonymous surfing. Tracker and data-collection advertising must be blocked with suitable software, for example with browser extensions (plug-ins). If you want to prevent sensitive data from being retrieved, you must also disguise your IP address. And to cloak device identification, an even more complex method of anonymization is required.
This is all the more difficult when family members use different operating systems on different devices – here an Apple notebook, there an Android mobile phone. One installed Internet browser has parental control; the other does not. And what about the tablet from Nina, the PlayStation of twelve-year-old Tom, and what about the Smart TV?
Children spend too much time on the internet becoming gambling masters for examples – as the guardian made known a few months ago that 25,000 children are problem gamblers in Britain. The UK Gambling Commission says children encounter gambling through social media and computer games. 70% have seen gambling ads on social media and 66% via online advertising. The popularity of social media in this age group has led to 10% following gambling companies, resulting in the worrying trend of 30% of those following gambling companies on social media spending their own money on gambling in the past week compared to the 9% average.
So where do parents even start to protect their children from on the internet and help them become the best version of themselves instead of some sort of gambling master? An almost unmanageable list that makes parents despair. Well, the good news there is an innovative device that solves all problems in one go: the eBlocker!
The End Of Content Harmful To Children
The eBlocker enables anonymous surfing – on all devices, Internet browsers, and operating systems. It simply connects to your home network and as a plug-and-play solution, immediately protects the privacy of the entire family without any additional browser plug-ins or software installations.
The small device, not much larger than a Rubrics Cube, also protects children from harmful content by allowing parents to prohibit access to certain website categories with just a few clicks. The eBlocker prevents excessive surfing through predefined times. The respective access options can be conveniently set via a browser and then assigned to a child or device. New devices like Tim’s friend Stefan’s iPad are also automatically protected. Parents also put a stop to their children’s resourceful tricks.
The eBlocker also prevents a game console like the Xbox from having Internet access at 2am. It can block all social media pages on all devices for Nina, except for specified exceptions such as Instagram. And it makes sure that Tim only gets on the Internet for two hours a day – and not before school!
Safer and Faster Through The Internet
A great help for concerned parents are the category lists compiled by the eBlocker team, which make searching for suitable and less suitable sites for their children much easier. And by determining fixed surfing times, annoying discussions as “Only 10 more minutes” are no longer necessary.
All features of the eBlocker can be set individually with just a few clicks on the user-friendly user interface – be it blocking out data collectors, blocking tracking ads, anonymizing your own IP address or cloaking the device you are using. A pleasant side effect: Since ads and trackers are not loaded in the first place, surfing the Internet is much quicker!
Last but not least, the eBlocker provides protection against malicious Internet attacks by malware and phishing.
In times of constantly new Internet offers on the one hand and increasingly delicate methods of user tracking, on the other hand, the eBlocker comes in handy: It ensures safe surfing and gives you and your family back your privacy on the Internet! Great for parents and that makes Nina and Tim happier and potentially healthier too.
Please note that this article was originally published by the former eBlocker GmbH. The contents may be outdated. Today, eBlocker is free of charge and available as Open Source. Check out the new eBlocker Open Source Project.