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It’s important to teach your family good online safety habits so they can stay safe as they explore and use the web. Our expert partners have come up with a few simple tips to help you and your family do just that.

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MediaSmarts

Malware is the generic term for any software that causes harm to your computer. This can include programs such as viruses (which attach themselves to other programs), trojans (which disguise themselves as other programs), spyware (which provide the programmer with access to your computer or its data) and keyloggers (which record everything you type and send it to the programmer.) Malware can have a number of effects on your computer, from stealing your data to hurting your computer’s performance, to making it stop working entirely. Parent should teach their kids to not download anything from the internet unless it is from a trusted source and to never click on any links that come anonymously through e-mail.

Make sure you don’t have Torrent software installed on your computer. This software allows peer-to-peer (P2P) downloading and many Torrent files are actually malware. The most common Torrent programs are uTorrent and Vuze (formerly called Azuerus). Use your browser’s security tools and also install good anti-malware software on your computer (Be careful, though: there is a lot of malware available that masquerades as anti-malware).

Safety tools

Discover the Top 5 Google safety features designed to help you keep your family safe online.

Google Play

Use Parental controls to filter apps by content rating

You can use Parental controls to restrict the content that can be downloaded or purchased on Google Play. This helps you find appropriate content for you and your family.

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Open the Play Store app on your device.

In the top left corner, tap the Menu icon.

Tap Settings.

Tap Parental controls.

Turn Parental controls On.

Create a PIN.

Touch Apps & Games.

Choose the maturity level.

YouTube

Set a filter to keep inappropriate content out

If you’d prefer to not to see mature or age-restricted content as you browse YouTube, scroll to the bottom of any YouTube page and enable Safety Mode. Safety Mode helps filter out potentially objectionable content from search, related videos, playlists, shows, and films.

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Scroll to the bottom of any YouTube page and click the drop-down menu in the “Safety” section.

Select the On or Off option to enable or disable Safety Mode.

To lock this setting, sign in to your Google Account.

Once you're signed in, you will have the option to lock this setting.

Chrome

Control what your family sees on the Web

If you want to control which sites your family can visit on the Internet you can use Supervised Users in Google Chrome. With Supervised Users you can see the pages your user has visited and block the sites you don't want your user to see.

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To set up a supervised user on your Chromebook, start on the main sign-in screen and click Add user.

On the right hand side of the screen, select Create a supervised user.

Click Create a supervised user.

Log in to the account that will manage the supervised user and click Next.

Select a username, password, and picture for the supervised user. Click Next.

Android

Limit access to just approved apps and games

Want to share your tablet without sharing all your stuff? On Android tablets running 4.3 and higher, you can create restricted profiles that limit the access that other users have to features and content on your tablet.

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If you’re the tablet owner, touch Settings → Users → Add user or profile.

Touch Restricted profile → New profile, then name the profile.

Use the ON/OFF switches and settings to manage access to features, settings, and apps.

Press the Power button to return to the lock screen, then touch the new profile icon.

Once it's all set up, the Home screen is empty. Touch the All Apps icon to get started with the new profile.

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