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What parental controls are available to block online games from teens?

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Parental controls for online games include time limits, in-game purchase restrictions, Internet access restrictions, disabling games by rating and the creation of multiple profiles with different preferences. Additional products enable filters and block content as well as monitor online activity. Internet browser and phone settings also offer some parental controls.

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Filtering and blocking tools set up limited access to certain sites, content, images and words. Depending on the product, the parent may determine what type of content is filtered, such as websites, chat, instant messaging and email. By blocking outgoing content, parents can prevent children from sharing personal information online, such as in chat rooms. Parents can also use the software to monitor activity without setting any restrictions on access. Some products provide warnings when certain sites have been visited, and some record site history. Many products may be used discretely without the child's knowledge.

Mobile devices and smart phones offer apps that assist with parental control of any of their children's online activities. Many of these apps commonly include ratings that indicate if a product is appropriate for children. Norton Family Parental Control is an app that parents can install on both mobile devices and computers, and it monitors site history and the content of text messages. K-9 Browser blocks adult content, and Net Nanny screens for unsafe Internet activity, such as cyber bullying.

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