The internet is filled with tons of helpful information. There are copious amounts of sites with educational tools designed to help teach you a variety of things. You can learn how to speak a foreign language, write computer code, or even make your favorite coffee drink.
These sites make the internet a wonderful resource. Unfortunately, there are also several gutters that are easy to slip into.
It's hard enough for adults to avoid these sites, but it's even tougher for teens and kids. From cyberbullying to inappropriate adult content to online predators and the protection of your child's privacy, threats are hiding everywhere on the web.
That's why you need to know these three ways to keep your kids safe online.
1. Use a better web browser
A simple way to protect your kids online is to change their default web browser.
There's a Google-type site called Yippy that's got you covered. Yippy blocks adult content, including pornography, gambling sites and other inappropriate webpages.
Plus, the site protects your privacy. It will not collect personally identifiable information about you, like your name, telephone number, address or email address. That is, as long as you're in the United States.
"Yippy will not track a U.S. citizen for any reason" unless required by court order, subpoena or required by law. If you're not in the U.S., Yippy says you're subject to tracking in an effort to comply with government required protocols.