TIM Protect TIM Protect

TIM Protect

Protects smartphones, tablets and PCs, promoting safer surfing for children and young adults.      

Print
- + Text size

You can never be too young to benefit from a service protecting you from the dangers of the Web; that’s why TIM created TIM Protect, a service that helps parents to provide a safe Internet experience to their children. 

FOSI - Family Online Safety Institute - is an international not-for-profit organization that provides useful tools and advice to make the Internet a safer place for children and their families. To fulfil this objective, FOSI generated a list of key tasks that must be undertaken to achieve online safety, called the ‘7 Steps to Good Digital Parenting’. One of the steps concerns the use of parental control devices, specifically:

- How to activate the safety settings on your operating system, search engine and games

- How to install parental control on your children’s mobile phones, tablets and consoles

- How to monitor your children’s use of technology and screen time

All major operating systems, search engines, telephone companies and gaming platforms offer parental control systems that can help parents in managing their children’s web experience. To children, this means less direct parental control, but a monitoring of the time they spend on their devices – for instance, by discouraging messaging while in the classroom, or night-time mobile phone use.

An online safety app can prevent the download of damaging apps or block off unsafe websites that may compromise data privacy, or the device itself.

PARENTAL CONTROL

Our mobile phones play a central role in our lives. Wherever we take them, we can be sure they’ll take up much of our time, like a sponge. Ever noticed how quickly time flies by when we’re watching a video or scrolling through social media?

As well as the risks presented by content, our children can suffer from secondary consequences, such as a later bedtime due to an excessive use of smartphones, which can cause sleep deprivation.

A study by the National Institute of Health (the U.S. health department agency) highlighted that the use of devices right before bed lowers melatonin levels in the body, a hormone released by our bodies in the evening which plays a key role in inducing sleep.

There is also evidence that an early bedtime (before 9pm) can help the intellectual development of the child, making for a better rest, and a higher production of somatropin (the ‘growth hormone’), with advantages for the child’s intellectual and physical growth.

GEO-LOCALISATION

This function can be used to track down your child. Parents can safely entrust their children to play with a mobile phone, knowing that they will be able to localise them at any time, thus allowing for greater privacy.

CALL BLOCKER

Useful especially for younger children, as it limits calls to known numbers. Blocking incoming or outgoing calls to unknown numbers and other types of contacts can keep your child safe from fake profiles, scams, or worse, grooming.

Children can be thoughtless, and easily trust people they’ve just met; limiting their contacts with strangers is certainly a useful way to protect them, and allow them greater freedom in managing those contacts they do know.

SAFE SURFING

How often are we tempted to check our children’s mobile? How often do we actually do it? This is due to a natural protective instinct that we, as parents, feel towards our children. We are aware of dangerous websites and worry they may not realise they are before it’s too late.

Safe Surfing looks after children as they browse, like a digital baby sitter, allowing them to enjoy the internet with complete freedom.

STATISTICS

It is important to manage your child’s Internet and mobile use time, carefully and constructively planning for apps and websites’ actual use. It isn’t healthy for children to use a mobile for many hours in a row, or play the same game all day.

Raising awareness of the correct use of devices is central to developing a healthy relationship with technology; therefore it is important for parents to monitor their children’s use and accessible content, to be able to intervene should their behaviour expose them to danger.

Knowing our children’s tastes and track how they change across time can also enable us to find more things in common with them.