Interexcel World Connection strives to ensure the protection of children on
the Internet. However, the most important part, trust in our child and their
trust in us, can only be managed in our own homes.
Although we cannot safeguard minors from harm in the online sphere, we can
provide parents and guardians with solutions which can improve security and
allow you to control your child's internet environment.
Trusted applications and extensions
Interexcel World Connection advises that parents use the following websites,
applications or extensions to safeguard their child online. We will revise this
list on a regular basis.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Parents, guardians and educators should always check when last software,
websites or applications were updated as outdated information could often be
just as harmful as no safeguards at all. Nefarious entities often seek to
deliberately infiltrate or bypass the rules of these applications or sites
which is quite easy when these platforms use outdated protocols.
- Note that applications and extensions will override many privacy protocols
for applications — so be sure you trust the application or extension you use as
it will have access to your child's device and information.
- You will need to disable these applications when your child turns 18 as you
won't have a legal right to track their information OR allow third parties to
track them unless your adult child has agreed to monitoring.
- When you use a url (website) it's easy for your child to navigate to other
sites, so it's a better idea to install an application which will guide all
their web searches.
- Some apps allow users to subscribe or use their applications from 16 or
even 12 years of age. If the application terms and conditions state that
children should comply with this and they don't, legal recourse is often
difficult, so it is best to discuss net security with your kids before they
install or use any platforms.
- Tech savvy teens can easily deactivate some of these applications or simply
use other applications.
Safe Search Kids
Safe Search Kids is a search engine powered by Google SafeSearch which
allows kids to search safely for information, images and videos. You can find
Net Nanny is a premium feature which can be installed on all devices and
features parental controls, pornography blocking, family feed, parent
dashboard, internet filter, app blocking, website blocking, location tracking
and screen time management.
Kidshield is a website which offers a variety of resources for parents
around internet security and a range of links which parents can use for safe
Bark, unlike other links on this list, monitors social media and chat —
something lacking from other applications or extensions. It can check for
online activity, bullying or solicitation on more than 30 platforms, including
Google, AOL, Facebook, Instagram, text messenger, YouTube, native image
libraries, GDrive, gmail, DropBox, Skype, Reddit, Hangouts, Pinterest, TikTok,
Spotify, Snapchat and more.
Unfortunately this is not a free service and payment plans are based in USD.
It costs between R85 and R240 per month based on current exchange rates (Jul
2020), but is one of the few applications that covers social media.
Enough is Enough
Enough is Enough is a non-profit organisation focused on providing parents
with the latest news and resources around online security and exploitation of
Kiddle is one of the most used child-friendly search engines worldwide. It
is powered by Google Safe Search and allows kids to search the web, Kpedia,
images, news and videos safely and securely.
Kidz Search is a website browser aimed at children between the ages of 6 and
13. The site offers safe searching of pics, facts, music, apps and games.
Norton Family Premier
Norton Life Lock is a premium application which is more affordable than
other apps or extensions and monitors unlimited devices. Unfortunately it
doesn?t have an iOS application and no geofencing safeguards.
ZAC Browser — special needs
ZAC Browser for Windows is specifically aimed at safe searching for children
with autism. Given their special needs, these children will interact with
information in unconventional ways and this browser is optimised for protecting
them while giving them the information they require.
Tips for staying safe online
Whether your children have just entered the online sphere or are socialising
with friends digitally, the following steps are advised to keep them safe
- Most cellular networks allow parental controls for all numbers you
administer, so consult your provider to institute device safety for your
children on numbers administrated by your network.
- Ensure that you as parent or caregiver has access to the email address
and/or cell phone number on which your children are registering for online
- Ensure that you 'uncheck' marketing or push notifications for applications
and websites your child will access.
- Disable your child's camera and/or web camera for most applications. If you
want to keep it on for certain reasons, then go through all the apps and
disable/enable per application.
- Set the security settings for your child's devices and browsers to "safe
search" and whitelist or blacklist sites which are suitable or unsuitable
- Research and block known harmful sites and applications from your child's
- Install a safe search engine or browser for your child and bookmark safe
websites for them to access material.
- Install legitimate antivirus software on all your devices and keep this
- Check URLs and domains for all sites and email addresses and verify these
against legitimate sources online. The URL is the snipped of text, special
characters and numbers which appears at the top of the browser. Make sure the
link corresponds with the actual site your child needs to access. If content is
shared via a shortened link such as bit.ly, then ask the sender to send the
- Instruct your children on strong passwords and login information. One trick
is to recite a rhyme or phrase which is familiar to them and then let them type
the rhyme in uppercase, lowercase, special characters and numerals.
- Do not allow children to chat or connect with strangers online unless you
have authorised them to do so or such site is monitored and maintained by a
legitimate educational institution.
- Instruct children not to click on links or view content unless this content
has been vetted by you and from a legitimate platform.
- Teach children not to complete survey information or other forms online,
including social media copy-and-paste games which makes them state information
used for password hacking such as colours, names, activities, addresses or
other personal information.
- When installing free versions of apps or online services which have not
been vetted, provide dummy contact and financial information. If an email
address is required for such sites, create a free dummy email via Gmail or
another mail client and use this email address exclusively for such occasions.
If a platform bars you from accessing 'free' information by using such dummy
info, it means they are already trying to check and verify your info which is a
- If possible, create different SSIDs for your home network and set different
access details, limits and rules for each user which will limit their internet
usage at home.
- Switch off Near Field Communication (NFC) and automatic Bluetooth and WiFi
connectivity settings on your child's devices.
- Right-click or inspect all files available for download to verify the file
size and type before downloading. If the file size looks odd compared to what
is being downloaded, don't allow it.
- Instruct your child on safe words and other signals should they feel
threatened and/or unsafe when communicating with others.
- Show your children how to download content from sites for later offline
viewing where available and always monitor their downloads.
- Password protect cloud content and frequently check who has access to your
If you suspect that an individual or application is exploiting children,
please report this to:
Should you believe that one of Interexcel World Connection's clients or
affiliates are exploiting minors, please inform us of your concerns by
contacting us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Though we may not break privacy obligations set by ICASA and POPIA, we are
also legally and morally committed to keeping all South Africans safe and will
inform the relevant authorities of criminal activity shared with us.