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With this new world of electronics and being connected to the world 24/7, it is harder and harder to keep our children safe. Even as a parent who has their children on a computer in a common place, checks their search history, and talks openly to them about the dangers of being online, I find that my children have found a way to look for those things I would rather them not be exposed to. Recently I found out one my sons was using incognito browsing. Just open up Google Chrome and click on the 3 dots on the top right hand corner, and in the pull down menu you will see New Incognito Window. What does this mean? It means that if you have blocked certain things, your children can still access them. It means that if you check their history, anything they visited while in an incognito window will not be present. It means that if you are not sitting right their over their shoulder, they may take that opportunity when you step out of the room, to look up something they know you would not approve of, and shut it down as you re-enter the room. To top all of this off, I have found it in several browsers and there are no available parental controls to disable it. I can understand incognito at a library, where you don't want all of your personal information saved on those computers, or using the computer of your friend or family member, but on my own personal computers, I would like to have control whether or not I would like to have the option to disable it. Please get the word out to parents, this is an important issue in the fight to keep our children safe.

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