Tips about the use of Google and commercial advertising
Even if you protect your computer with an antivirus software, there is no automatic guarantee for complete data security. Perhaps you are using Google as a search engine at home, or you have a Google account to install apps on your smartphone. As soon as you use Google services, your locations, browser history, apps used and more can be saved. If you use Google SafeSearch, you can avoid that your child reads inappropriate content. Personalizing and protecting a Google account is also possible.
In addition, good alternatives to this search engine exist. DuckDuckGo puts high emphasis on data protection, Ecosia is inspired by ecological values, and there is also a large selection of child-oriented search engines and child-friendly websites to choose from. You can also set these as your start page.
Your child is confronted with pop-up advertisements not only when surfing the internet – more and more often, advertising appears in games that encourage in-game purchases or in-app purchases. Especially young children and teenagers should therefore learn to evaluate these pop-ups sensibly and become aware of possible risks and unwanted expenses. It is helpful if you get to know digital media together and select games that are age-appropriate. You should discuss with your child how to handle in-game advertising and agree on reasonable media guidelines.
Many smartphones also allow you to disable in-app purchases or to create a password which then must be entered prior to every purchase. It is also possible to deactivate location tracking and set up parental controls with automatic time limits.