Parental controls are invariably designed to perform one or more of the following functions:
- Deny browser access to adult internet sites,
- Categorize websites based on their inappropriateness (pornography, profanity, racial and social intolerance, violence, extremism, gambling, drugs, etc.)
- Implement some kind of time control on a per-user format (for example, disallowing usage after a specified time at night, or during homework times)
Record internet activity (allowing parents to see which sites a child has visited).
- Various parental controls like Snitch, PinPoint Auditor and Media Detective detect inappropriate material stored on a computer by scanning images and other media files and revealing inappropriate user behavior
For kids to surf the web, there are special browsers available with superb security features just for children. These allow parents to pick suitable Web sites and prevent their children from encountering inappropriate sites.
In addition to the various blocking and filtering products, there are other ways to monitor children's online activities. Review the following sites for further information about the large range of products available.