As you work or play on the World Wide Web, you will encounter websites spammed with pop-ups and banners offering the latest and greatest computer software. However, the Internet can also be a dangerous place for children in a variety of dangerous and even life-threatening ways. Victims of online predators and online harassment are easy prey for online predators and computer perpetrators. Victims who have been groomed by a predator can be placed in danger and can even be physically harmed.
Aside from talking with parents and promoting a safe and trusting online environment for kids, we at least need to make the computer environment itself a safe and trustworthy one for kids. That is, unless we are willing to implement strict and strict monitoring measures.
The computer itself is actually pretty harmless most of the time. The risks are far outweighing the benefits. With the exponentially growing amount of web sites and content online, the more savvy predators, scammers, and stalkers are finding new ways to make the Internet their online playground.
Parents can help their kids in a number of ways.
- They can install a software program that allows you to monitor your child’s Internet use.
- They can install a software program that allows you to restrict when your child can use the computer.
- They can even install a software program that allows you to block your child’s access to certain types of sites.
Internet monitoring software is a convenient tool to parents everywhere. With a simple click of your mouse you can monitor your child’s Internet use, set alerts for suspicious behavior or sites, block access to certain types of sites, allow limited access to trusted sites, and even prevent your child from visiting sites that might be dangerous for your child.
Monitoring your child’s Internet use is quick and easy, and it allows you to prevent your child from running into problems with their online friends.
Not only can parents block their child’s access to the Internet completely, they can also monitor when your child is online. Set up parental controls so that you or someone else can remotely monitor your child’s activity, and make sure that the activity is in range for the parents to see.
As a parent you can obviously monitor your child’s Internet use as well. Check out the Web statistics that you have access to and how your child is connecting with others online.
In fact, now that I think about it, every one of us who has kids online should have a Web filter for kids that blocks away from any dangerous and inappropriate sites that could do them harm.
There are actually programs that allow parents to block their child’s access to certain Web sites. These programs work by coordinating with the user’s Internet service provider which is then responsible for maintaining a list of which Web sites are blocked.
Sometimes, the Web filter that I use is integrated into the computer itself so that I can monitor everything my child does. Other solutions have emerged that allow me to separate the child’s Internet access from their computer use. In either of these systems, however, if my child uses their computer, I can reviews things like history, reports, and instant message chats.
There are other monitoring programs that let me monitor my child’s activities both from the child’s computer and from the PC that my child is using.
As you can see, my child is extremely dependent on me for safe Internet usage. Unfortunately, because of the dangers that I fear for my child on the Internet, I am legally unable to make restrictions that allow them to use the Internet at times when I can monitor them directly.
The only time that I can make rules for them is when they are older and wiser. That is, until that time that my child is accessing the Internet from a computer on his own. Then, I will be able to determine with some confidence which sites they should and should not visit.
Don’t you think it is dangerous for a parent to let their child surf the Internet on their own computer? Don’t you think it is okay for them to have some “access” to the Internet, but not allow them to fully access it?
What if they sign up for a particular website that they learn about something that they normally wouldn’t be told about? Don’t you think it will cause them to have a warped view of the world?
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