17 Nov How to Protect Your Kids from the Smart TV
Most Smart TVs are Now Just a Large Smartphone
When I speak to parents, I ask them to take inventory of all of the ways their family members can access the Internet. This includes public places like McDonalds, church youth group, a friend’s home, and anywhere else. Each location warrants at least some energy regarding parental controls. Smart TVs are no exception.
How do I Protect a Smart TV? Ask These Questions.
Thanks to the UK Safer Internet Centre, we have a spectacular list of questions you can take to Best Buy to ask your sales associate.
Internet access: Smart TV’s create another doorway to the over one billion websites on the world wide web. Here are a few questions to ask:
- Is it possible to disable the internet browser (and lock it out) on the smart TV to prevent my child from surfing the web?
- How can this TV be used to watch or download films and TV or listen to music? Can I restrict access to content based on age ratings?
- **CRITICAL** Have you set the home’s router to a clean DNS provider so that any browsing done on the TV is controlled at the router level?
Parental controls: Since mom and dad aren’t going to be there every time a child is using the smart TV, it should have parental controls that can be set and left, much like on a smartphone.
Special note about YouTube – this app is extremely difficult to control. If you’ve connected the Smart TV to a wireless router that’s running a clean DNS like CleanBrowsing, then you can a least limit YouTube to Restricted Mode, which is always preferred!
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