Online Safety: Google's Family Safety Center
Article by George Norman
On 17 Sep 2010
I am sure it comes as no surprise when I tell you that the internet is a dangerous place. There are security threats all over the place – worms, viruses, Trojans, malware, and people with malicious intent that would like nothing more than to scam you or compromise your machine. Then there are nuisances like cyberbullies and other things of the sort.

As an adult, you need to know the risks and know how to defend yourself. You must use a properly good security software solution to keep malware and hackers at bay, and you have to report cyberbullying and abuse.


As your child grows up and starts using the web, it is up to you to ensure that he stays safe online. Your child should stay safe while surfing the web and it is your duty to ensure this happens – if you don’t know how to provide a safe browsing experience for your child, if you don’t know how to teach your child about safe surfing, then you need to learn. This is where Google’s Family Safety Center, launched earlier this month, comes in. It is a collection of resources meant for you, so that you can:
- teach your child to stay safe online.
- help your child use the Internet safely and responsibly.

By visiting Google’s Family Safety Center you will learn how to report abuse, learn how to use Google’s safety tools, you will have access to advice from a number of child safety organizations in the US, and you will be able to view tips from Google's own employees.

“Our new Family Safety Center [is] a one-stop shop about staying safe online. We’ve included advice from leading child safety organizations around the world, tips and ideas from parents here at Google, as well as information on how to use the safety tools and controls built into Google products,” said Marketing Manager with Google, Kate Hammond. “With kids growing up in an age where digital know-how is essential, it’s increasingly important to ensure that they’re developing healthy, safe and responsible online habits. And we’re thinking every day about how we can help parents and teachers to do just that.”

To get started with Google’s new Family Safety Center, you need only click
this link.

Tags: Google, Google Family Safety Center, Security
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