on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 | No Comments
It is inevitable that your kids are spending too much time on the computer. And because of that, we tend to get worried about them. You should know that computer is also part of their learning process and it helps them communicate and understand the modern world. What parents can do is make rules about their usage of the internet by putting up monitoring programs to block unnecessary sites or track their online trails.
Rules are important. But establishing it after they experienced some unwanted sites, no good. Instead, establish it beforehand. The rules that you create govern their use of the internet and may discipline themselves from visiting the site again. Rules such as to remind them that they should not share confidential information about themselves or the family or they’re home to unknown strangers via internet. Information like home address, phone numbers, time in and out of the house, name of school, and so many more. Also you should not share photos and passwords to your account or bank accounts to total strangers. If someone is bullying offensively, do not respond to it. It may cause your children to face that person personally and possibly kidnap them for ransom or harm them. Set up a curfew for your children, too. This will help them manage their time on using the internet.
When you’re done setting up rules, talk to your children about it and make them understand the rules. Tell them how important those rules are. Trust them that they will follow the rules. You should not stalk to them to know if they are really following the rules. In this way, you can teach them the concept of self-discipline at an early age of there lives.
on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 | No Comments
Worry about your children getting trouble with strangers they meet online? Well, you’re not alone, as more and more parents think about this possibility every day. But rather than constantly thinking about it and getting paranoid, there are things you can do to protect your children from opportunistic strangers online.
Simple web surfing and exchanges of personal messages with friends are common activities for many kids online these days – and “generally”, these things are safe. Generally safe if and only if you have talked to your child some rules of use. We teach our kids not to talk to strangers, the same goes with talking to strangers online.
Use Computer and Internet Monitoring Software
Chatting with strangers may feel different, and there’s no way to actually know the risk. However, the FBI warns that, kids who internet activity is not monitored by their parents or guardians are more likely to be exploited by online predators whom they met as friendly strangers online. This is why it is important to use computer and internet monitoring software. These software programs come with parental controls where you can set, filter and block specific sites and pages.
Put the Computer In Common House Areas
Rather than keeping the computer inside your kids’ bedroom, putt he computer in common areas in the house. This will discourage them and keep them from getting tempted in visiting adult sites and other prohibited pages where strangers can reach them easily.
Warn Your Child of the Danger
There are tons of shady individuals out there who pose as kids or teens online just to reach unsuspecting kids. Warn your child of the dangers of these risks and use some tangible examples you find in news and online news. Tell your child to never share his/her personal information online, especially house phone number, mobile number, home address, name of school, etc.
on Friday, May 17th, 2013 | No Comments
For teenagers, social media has become somewhat a part of their lives. Nowadays you can barely think of a teenager who doesn’t have a facebook account, a twitter, a tumblr or whatsoever. It’s their way of keeping themselves updated, sharing information, gaining information and connecting with friends. Also it’s their way of expressing, but there are times where the expressing and the divulging becomes too much as the internet could also pose certain stranger danger.
If your teenager is being too expressive by sharing too much information online he/she can be an easy target for stalkers, who are usually strangers or sexual predators who have locked their eyes on their target and would try to seduce or lure them into their trap. It’s important that if ever this happens, you as a parents should be notified immediately, so it’s good to have open communication with your children.
If ever this happens though, a few things you should know about these stalkers is to engage them once and ONLY once. Just simply tell them “no” or “stop” once and leave them alone, if you repeatedly respond to the stalker’s messages it would only entice him/her to harass you and your teenager more. Also, never ever confront this person face-to-face, this is a complete stranger we’re talking about and we won’t know if he/she has any weapons on him/her.
It’s also important to document everything, printscreen chats, messages and emails that can prove of the stalking activities and report to your nearest police station as they all have their own cybercrime divisions. Stay safe and protect your kids from stalkers.
on Thursday, May 16th, 2013 | No Comments
In the new age the internet has relatively made mostly everything easier, even for our kids. It’s easier now for them to research and work on their homework by just searching for certain answers online, and they could also easily connect with friends online. However, even if the internet sounds all good there are some dark sides to this innovation. The internet is also where online predators prowl, looking for innocent children to fool and exploit.
But there are ways where you can protect your kids from these harmful elements in the internet. For instance you could always talk to them about these stuff that can pose a danger to their lives, brief them about anything that they should avoid when surfing the internet especially when they visit online chat rooms to chat with friends or meet new ones online. Be firm but sensitive though, as you wouldn’t want to scare them too much.
It’s also advisable that you install some parental control software into your computer, as assurance that your child isn’t up to something potentially dangerous whenever you’re not around to monitor him/her. You could also strictly follow the age limits especially when it comes to social networking sites, which usually only permit those 13 and above to be able to register. If your child is still below 13 then it’s a must that you don’t allow them to be able to access those sites.
There are many other ways to protect your children from online sexual predators and prevent anything bad from happening to them. Just remember it’s basically monitoring what your child does on the internet.