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Is Your Teen Hiding Online Activity?

In today’s digital age, our kids are more technologically apt than we are. This can pose a problem when it comes to parental controls, and monitoring online activity. Oftentimes, our teens are savvier than us, and can get around these controls to hide their traffic on the web. It’s important to note the various ways that teens can get around these types of privacy filters, so you can be better informed as a parent.

In this post, we share the 3 most common ways teens bypass parental controls, and how to keep their devices safe.

Proxy Sites: Proxy sites are how teens are able to hide their IP address. An IP address is the most basic form of tracking, and when your child routes their web browsing through a proxy site, you can no longer track their activity.

Tip: Check that the websites your child is visiting for “proxy” in the address.

Private Browsing Mode: Private browsing is a way to hide internet history. Sometimes called incognito, or InPrivate, when teens turn this on, you will no longer be able to see their web history.

Tip: Use existing plug-ins and parental controls to see when this mode is used.

Related Image Searches: While a search can be blocked via Google, it does not ring true for Google Image Search. Savvy teens can get around set parental controls by using this type of search instead of the standard Google search.

Tip: Check the history tab for “Google Images” searches.

For more insight into how teens hide their online activity, take a look at this visual, courtesy of Panda Security.

Author the author: Jessica is a Content Marketing Specialist that enjoys generating traffic via quality content for her clients. When she’s not in the office, you can find her enjoying nature or reading novels.