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Right now your children are probably spending more time than usual online, so, to keep them safe while surfing the web we’ve compiled a list of ways in which you can control the content they have access to. Hopefully, these will allow you to concentrate on what you need to do without needing to check on what they are doing quite as often.

Internet Matters is a not-for-profit organisation is dedicated to helping parents and carers keep children safe online and is recommended by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. They provide a whole range of tips and advice, but we recommend starting with their E-safety checklist, which will help you set up their devices safely.

Both Windows and Mac have inbuilt parental controls that allow you to set up separate accounts for your children and manage these from your account.

Windows 10 allows you to limit screen time, set age limits and block inappropriate content. You can see exactly how to set up and edit these parameters on Microsoft.com.

If you are a Mac user you can manage screen time, apps and content in a very similar way. This is all managed within your system preferences. There is a handy guide here with information for those using either the very latest OS or older versions.

When it comes to additional parental controls there are lots of tools available (both free and paid for). Some of the most popular tools are listed below, but there are many, many more. If you have specific requirements a quick online search should bring up a solution to your needs.

  1. Qustodio
    This tool is designed to be an easy way to supervise your children online. It’s an app that you install on your child’s devices that allows you to monitor their use while also filtering what they can see and do online.
  2. Kaspersky Safe Kids
    This low-cost option allows you to block harmful content as well as limiting screen time and providing expert tips and advice on online topics.
  3. Kidlogger
    This is a free tool that allows you to see what your children have been doing on a smartphone or tablet including how long they have been on the device and what apps they have been using.

 

Coming soon…

How to schedule downloads to make the most of unaccounted data.

concrete block_smRemember back in the day when you would hear a connection noise on the line if you wanted to use the phone while someone else was on the internet? Well with traditional broadband it’s still the same today. Data is transmitted back and forth from your property using the same copper telephone lines that enable you to make phone calls, the only difference is that a DSL (digital subscriber line) splitter is used to allow this single telephone connection to provide both the ADSL service and voice calls at the same time.

ADSL can generally only be distributed over a short distance from the telephone exchange, typically less than 4km, and the further away you are from the exchange, the worse your connection speeds will be. The upload and download speeds on ADSL broadband tend to differ greatly due to a desire to avoid ‘crosstalk’ creating interference on the line where multiple lines meet, for example at the exchange.

In comparison, satellite broadband sends your broadband signal to a satellite 35,786km above the equator and due to its location in orbit; it can provide equal quality of coverage to every home or business within its footprint. It doesn’t matter how far away you are from the satellite, or how remote your property is, as long as the receiving dish can get line of sight to the satellite.

Traditionally, ADSL broadband is promoted as being faster and more reliable, however we looked into the service provided Business man_smby France based providers and found that on average, subscribers are receiving download speeds of between 1-15 mbps, with only 512 kbps guaranteed and upload speeds less than 1 mbps unless you are within 1km of the exchange.

With satellite technology improving exponentially, satellite broadband customers can now expect download speeds of 22 mbps and upload speeds of 6 mbps for less than the lowest packages from Orange.   Whilst the initial outlay is more expensive, the reliability and speed more than compensates, especially for multi-dwelling properties or those in remote locations.

Astrasat.tv is offering up to 50% off* the cost of hardware on Tooway ‘own your kit’ packages this autumn. With a wide range of tariffs, flexible packages and no long term commitment satellite broadband is an excellent alternative to anyone struggling with ADSL broadband.

Visit www.astrasat.tv for more information.

*customers account must be active for a minimum of 6 months from the activation date. Downgrading not permitted in the first three months.