Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

These are based on results from surverys and quesions in 2022.

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Modern parental control is quite sophisticated with some emphasising 'ease of use' which suits modern parents. Much of the latest anti-virus and malware software includes these parental control and parental 'peace of mind' option such as F Secure SAFE. You will want parental control software that allows for features such as below. And remember in the case of Phone control remember the online family protection is both home WiFi and Data plan-friendly when you are 'out and about'.

  • Time limits online 
  • Site Blocking with Age-appropriate features
  • Safe searching in Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Windows browsers
  • Android, iPhone, iPod, Tablets, Laptops & Desktops (Multi devices)
  • Content Control Block by type Violence, Guns, Adult, Unrated content

Why would you want to control kids access and limit their time online and protect them, here's some reasons.


  • The average child is now exposed to porn & adult content at age 8/9
  • Kids screen-time has doubled to 8 hours/day in 20 years
  • Kids eat more, weigh more, exercise less and sleepless
  • Internet is now a de facto parent in your home
  • Internet is riddled with adult content, betting & violence 
  • 7 billion devices today and 20 billion by 2020 

As well as engaging with your child to educate and guide them through a safe digital life - at you fully understand the latest developments - it makes good sense to take advantage of the filters and controls which you can use to reduce the chance that they will come across inappropriate or offensive content.

This video shows how easy it is to control browsing for kids, content blocking and full anti-virus control.

As well as engaging with your child to educate and guide them through a safe digital life - you ought to fully understand the latest developments - it makes good sense to take advantage of the filters and controls which you can use to reduce the chance that they will come across inappropriate or offensive content. Something the video above demonstrates.

Do remember, however, that parental control tools are just there to help, and are not a fail-safe answer. Nor are they an online 'babysitter' ... you still need to know what your child is doing online. 

Here are the different types of precautions you can put in place:

Parental Controls on Your Computer or Mobile Device

Many phones have standard parental control and content blocking control tools however many people find it easier to install 'off the shelf' anti-virus software which includes a full suite of parental control limits and controls. 

Parental Control Software to Buy or Download

There is a large number of different brands and types of parental control software available for both computers and mobile devices. Typically, they enable you to filter out inappropriate content such as pornographic and violent material, reducing the chances of your child being exposed to it. Some allow you to set different profiles for if you have children of different ages who will be accessing the computer or other device.

Sometimes, these filters can over or under-block, so your child may not be able to access some perfectly innocent sites, or may sometimes be able to view pages that are inappropriate for their age. Most will let you block or unblock particular sites to give you more control. Some parental control software lets you monitor your child's online activity, so you can see which websites they have been viewing and how long they were online for. Some even provides you with reports on your child's social networking activity.

Some programs enable you to set time limits to your child's online activities - restricting access to the internet, or to certain websites at certain times of the day. So you could block social networking or entertainment sites when your child is meant to be doing his or her homework.

Download updates when provided

You can access the software via login at any time to modify the filters and blocked or unblocked sites, as your child gets older. And as with all software, it is very important to perform updates when notified.

Beware of the gaming consoles

Other internet-connected devices such as games consoles normally feature parental control software that as a parent, you can set up and use. 

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Naturally parents want the best for their kids And as such the internet presents new challenges to parents. We have to embrace and protect in equal measure. Features such as ‘find my teenager/kid/phone’ & ‘safe browsing’ are part of that.

Guidelines for the under 6-8 year-olds

  • Less than 2 hours a day and under adult supervision
  • No downloads, installs or purchases
  • No Google, Yahoo, Youtube access
  • Just games, sites and apps approved by Parents
  • Close anything you don’t like
  • No email account & No social media

Guidelines for the under 8 – 11 year olds.

  • Homework before fun.
  • No more than 2 hours per day.
  • Consoles, TV, Tablets & Phones closed by time agreed
  • Facebook, Snapchat operated with a responsible adult
  • Parents as a friend in social media
  • Do not share details with strangers & Never ever agree to meet a stranger you meet online.

Guidelines for the under 12 – 16 year olds.

  • School work first, limit your Games, TV, Online time to 2.5 hours per day & finish everything at an agreed time on school nights.
  • Use the internet wisely, use web filtering & close disturbing pages
  • Agree sensible rules for new purchases, social media accounts.
  • Don’t respond to people you don’t know & never meet them
  • Please don’t share personal information, pictures, credit card details with anyone.

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Being a Digital Age Parent

No different to being a parent any other day of the week. The Digital age requires training and learning just as toddlers have to be taught how to cross the road.

Show them how.

Kids love technology, why wouldn’t they? They will most likely learn everything faster than you learn from them and about them. Talk about what they see and enjoy the experience together.

Watch over them but don’t spy.

Once you show them and discuss the rules, let them get on with it. Kids hate being watched. SAFE does not allow you to spy on them either.

Keep Talking

Always stay in touch, the internet and its surprises are not going away. If you are open and active your children will share their experience good and bad with you. Which is great.

Set the boundaries & keep to them.

Please keep talking to your kids, explain it carefully and clearly. You can’t be there all the time, help them to make the right decisions while you are not there. SAFE will help you.

Make Rules visible.

Children are more likely to follow rules right in front of them and clearly explained. Write them down.

Yellow Card, Red Card

A yellow card offense means one more chance for one day suspension. Red card is a one or two day suspension. No internet, no devices, no phones. Amend and change to suit circumstance.

It’s not too late

Being a parent isn’t easy but you need to stick with it. Guide your children and agree opun some rules for their digital health.

Give them the Tools.

Keep them safe. Show them how to enjoy, be creative, social, explore the world and the web.


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Under Six Guideline for your kids123 Social Media Team

Toddlers & kids are going to pick up one of your devices. We can't stop it so we need to embrace it and set some guidelines to help them along the way.

Read on for some great pointers, you might see something you hadn't thought about.

For 2-4 year olds.


  • Create a separate kids folder for games on the Phone

  • No internet games just downloaded games.

  • Make sure that their folder is just for them, nobody else. One folder per kid.
  • Teach the kids to put it down without fuss. (Warning! it isn't easy)
  • Switch off In-App Purchase's & Switch on 'Parental Controls.'
  • Teenagers are using screens for upto 10 hours a day online - So now is the time to act.

Under 6 Guide's

  • Less than 2 hours a day and under adult supervision
  • No downloads, installs or purchases
  • No Google, Yahoo, YouTube access 
  • Just games, sites and apps approved by Parents
  • Close anything you don’t like
  • Giving them Youtube access then 'Switch On' 'Restricted Mode'
  • If they have their own phone. Don't connect to a network and if you do, block everyone except yourself.

When you download a new App - Check the App doesn’t seek to use your contacts or data. This data is re sold for profit including your mums e-mail address & phone number. 

Teach them to respect your phone, absolutely no downloads to be made without your consent. Here's our Being a digital parent page

The Apps they use
When they go online.
What they see.
How long per day they can spend online.
Who they talk to.
How they search and Browse.

Yes, you can...


Location: Dublin - Department: Speaker Team - Nature: Part Time. 

Call the Police To report a cybercrime iplease contact your local police service.

If you have been the victim of cybercrime, contact Action Fraud.

Regional Organised Crime Units (ROCUs)

Other Supporting Forces

Rep Of Ireland.

Same as UK, Contact the Garda in the normal way.
Garda Cyber Crime

Social Media, Bullying, Online Incident 
All incidents should be reported to the Police station, 

  • Go to station in person, if you can, experience tells us this.
  • Don't like the cop, ask for another one or come back next watch
  • They've seen it all before, much better than 3 years ago
  • Do not delete anything, Inform the School
  • Name the culprit or suspect
  • Do not deal with this directly
  • Leave it to the School, Police, Parents 
  • Police will send Squad cars out to question people 

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