Thanks for that, Thingsbehindthesun. I will check my PM - I was wondering if the mods could give the okay to add which e-safety software programmes people have found useful?
And also what they think the software's protecting them. Computer Security is my trade, and I'm extremely sceptical about all these "parental control" programs. Aside from the fact that they are trivially easy to bypass and the recipes for doing so circulate in playgrounds (see here
), and aside from the fact that most children have access to the Internet through a wide range of devices in a wide range of settings, the only thing that "Parental Control" software does is attempt to filter, in a very broad-brush way, access to "bad" websites. Unfortunately, it's very hard to say what us "bad" for any particular household, so they operate on the assumption that there's a fixed set of things you don't want you children to access, and that fixed set is suitable for Baptist family in the flyover states. The RS department routinely sets homework which starts with looking up material that they can't get at from school, anyway, which means that if parents were actually running the same software as the school (which they try to recommend) it would all fail miserably.
There's also the problem that the real risks are not dealt with. The computer problems we've had are all about children managing to lose control of their Facebook accounts, which are then used by other children to send filth in the name of the victim (we've been the recipients of the filth, and the parents of the children who lost control of their accounts were public enemy number one for a while). Parental control software just lulls people into a false sense of security, and the things you need to do to prevent that sort of disaster befalling your own children are in some cases actively harder with parental control software installed. Real security measures --- like, for example, enabling the options that mean others cannot access your Facebook or Gmail account even if they guess or steal your password --- are rarely done by parents on behalf of their children, because the panacea of "security software" gives them a warm fuzzy glow that they are "doing something".