As my child has gotten older and has been allowed more freedom online to explore his own interests and enter the age of social media usage I am becoming ever more concerned for his online safety. Of course, his dad and I have done as much research as possible and implemented as many kid-safe protections as we can.
Still, we worry. We want to protect his eyes and heart from seeing and experiencing things that are inappropriate. More so, we want to ensure that he doesn’t fall victim to online predators.
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Homeschooler’s Internet Usage and Online Safety
As homeschoolers of course it’s easier and cheaper to utilize internet study for research and online learning. Also, to prevent him from utilizing online digital resources we would essentially be holding him back from competing for careers in the not so distant future. We as homeschoolers must keep in mind that our children’s peer counterparts in the public and private school spaces are being taught and encouraged to use online resources as if it were second nature. So keeping him away from the internet is not a realistic choice.
As we face an ever-increasing age of digital information and conveniences, we can’t ignore the risks that internet usage poses for the family. Did you know that most children are exposed to the internet by age 6 and 70% of children see inappropriate content by accident?
With the most families having an average of 10 internet-connected devices the new security threats and vulnerabilities are also ever-increasing. Even in our own family of 3 we have at least that many devices connected to the web at any given moment. Yet, existing parental control tools are often too complicated for many parents to use. Or, they are simply too expensive to maintain because of annual subscription fees.
A New Parental Control Tool for Online Safety
A new parental control tool will soon be made available for parents to help protect your kids while they are online.
Gryphon is a powerful yet convenient approach to online safety. Gryphon combines a high-performance WiFi router and a simple-to-use smartphone app, making it easy for parents to manage the connected home from anywhere. All security features are built directly within the router itself, eliminating the need to install additional apps on your connected devices.
- Set up of the Gryphon router is easy with just three steps and a simple tap of the Gryphon app.
- Grant access to specific websites.
- Restrict internet access during various times of the day. (Like during bed and school work times).
- Monitor your connected home devices like thermostats or cameras to prevent hacking.
- Monitor all devices and usages on your smartphone from anywhere.
- The app even features a social collaboration tool, allowing you to collaborate with fellow homeschooling parents and to create a safer internet for everyone. It allows each parent to make recommendations and ratings of specific websites.
The people behind Gryphon have worked hard over the last year on the design and the software platform to include the best possible options for protecting your entire family.
Today, they have launched a Kickstarter campaign to help them reach the final production of Gryphon. If you are concerned with online safety for your children, yourself, and your entire family, go to www.gryphonconnect.com to find out more about the product and the campaign.
As homeschooling families we should be ever aware of the dangers posed to our kids in an online environment. We can’t become lax simply because protection opportunities aren’t convenient. We have a real need for easy to use parental controls for online safety. That’s why I wanted to share with you this opportunity to help fund this important product.
Let me know what you think. I’d love to chat with you about online safety concerns. Just share your thoughts in the comment section below.
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