Be internet aware this Christmas

December 6, 2011

by Christine Keighery

With all the technology available to kids these days and the high demand for internet connected gadgets and gaming, Christmas should also be the time to think about how to protect your kids online. An open internet is unsafe for children and as parents in the digital age, it’s sometimes difficult – and expensive – to keep up with the various safety tools for the internet.

Local I.T. expert, Aisling McCartan recommends K9 Web Protection, a free internet filter and parental control software for iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone mobile devices, as well as for your home Windows or Mac computer.

According to Aisling, “ The big advantage of K9 web protection is that it is absolutely free to download and it’s the only web protection compatible with both home PCs and ‘i’ devices.  Other popular internet security packages give you some element of parental control on your home PC, but can’t protect your  iPod Touch

The K9 Web Protection Browser is available as a free download from the Apple iTunes App Store here: or iPhone for example.”

Apple’s iPad, iPod Touch and iPhone products are hugely popular gifts for children and teenagers this Christmas and the door is wide open for users to fall victim to dangers on the internet.  The K9 package can be tailored to suit young children and customised for teenage use too.

The K9 Web Protection Browser for ‘i’ devices is available as a free download from the Apple iTunes App Store at

K9 for Windows or Mac is not antivirus, anti-spam or firewall software. It’s a Web filter that determines where the computer user can go inside the Web browser. It can be used in conjunction with other antivirus, anti-spam or firewall products such as McAfee, Symantec, ZoneLabs, Microsoft and others.  Once downloaded, K9 also upgrades automatically so there’s no waiting for the latest security patch or upgrade, which can leave your computer vulnerable to new and evolving Web threats.  K9 marketers claim the package uses the same advanced Web filtering technology used by enterprise and government institutions worldwide!

For more information on K9 and how to download it, visit

The much sought after Xbox LIVE could also present some problems for parents who are unaware of the dangers as it can connect to the internet and can expose children and teenagers to unsuitable content, just as easily as on a home PC.

Thankfully, Xbox LIVE offers a wide variety of online safety and privacy settings.

The default online safety and privacy settings are divided into three age groups: child, teen and adult. Xbox LIVE determines which default safety and privacy settings to use based on the birthdate that was entered when the Xbox LIVE account was created.

Parents can also completely customise the online safety and privacy settings to whatever is best for the family. Adults can change the default settings on their own account as well as on family member accounts.

The message is clear, when buying the latest technology for your kids this year, think about their online protection.  The dangers are out there but protection like K9 can make the internet safe for you and your family.