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Did You Tell Your Parents When You Started Smoking? So, What Makes You Think Your Kids Are Going To Tell You What They Do On The Internet?

To often it’s only lip service, so it will be interesting to watch and see if Facebook follows through with their commitment to become more proactive and protect younger users from sexual online predators.

James Leasure of PC Pandora believes it to be a “great and necessary step.” but, as most of have heard throughout our childhood, “the proof is in the pudding.”

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Facebook has further announced several commitments to improving the safety tools and warnings for its users. However, is only a small part of the “playground” of the 21 st century Internet. We’re aware that the Internet can be a dangerous place, especially during the summer and kids alone unsupervised.

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James Leasure is aware that the media warns us against the threats and dangers but, few parents are given the tools needed to monitor computer activity.

PC Pandora not only has first-rate monitoring capabilities it is also a key component of becoming a “Responsible CyberCitizen“.

So, What Makes You Think Your Kids Are Going To Tell You What They Do On The Internet? Don’t wait, until it’s to late!

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  1. 15 Comment(s)

  2. By Dartz on May 22, 2008 | Reply

    What you need to teach them is how to be anonymous as possible on the internet. Like I said on the forums, nobody, except my closest circle of real-life friends, knows any of my personal details.

    If you’re unknown to a predator, they’ll be less-likely to get you.

  3. By Somnilocus on May 23, 2008 | Reply

    Heh, it’s very true. And it’s so easy to stumble upon something you “shouldn’t see” on the internet. Parents need to discuss with their kids what websites they’re visiting, and limit access to those sites. I agree with Dartz, they also need to teach anonymity; no one needs to know who you really are online. If you give your MySpace link to a friend, they already know those things about you.. there’s no need to post those details publicly. Even if you think you’ve made your site “private,” there are still ways this info can be accessed.

  4. By Postman on May 23, 2008 | Reply

    I never smoke so I don’t worry about what my kids is doing. I think that I have encountered this software before but I can’t recall it. From what I heard this is one of the best software to ensure that your child can’t access those sex and violence online. Of course I never used them because my children can be trusted.

  5. By Luke Gilkerson on May 23, 2008 | Reply

    Did you know that the largest group of viewers of Internet porn is children between ages 12 and 17?

    I’ve also recently learned that according to the second Youth Internet Safety Survey there is a documented increase in the proportion of kids reporting unwanted exposure to pornography.

    I’d love to hear your comments on some blog posts I published a while back about cyberbullying and online predators:

    1. Safety Tips for Parents: http://www.covenanteyes.com/blog/2008/03/25/a-parents-guide-to-internet-safety-for-children/
    2. Online Predators: http://www.covenanteyes.com/blog/2008/04/03/protecting-kids-online-the-myths-and-realities-of-online-predators/
    3. Cyberbullying: http://www.covenanteyes.com/blog/2008/04/07/cyberbullying-the-new-playground/

    I’m curious: have you heard of the Covenant Eyes filter and accountability programs? What makes them unique is that it gives you the option to simply monitor your Internet surfing, filter it, or both. A good filtering program is very helpful for children and families, but a good monitoring program is great for adults and children alike who want to be accountable to others about where they go online. If you want to know more, read up on it at: http://www.covenanteyes.com/help_and_support/article/covenant_eyes_products

  6. By Somnilocus on May 23, 2008 | Reply

    I think it’s good that your trust your kids, Postman. Still, although I agree with not monitoring their every keystroke, I think it’s wise to block certain websites and such. Even though your kids can be trusted, the internet and people cannot, and it’s very easy for kids to stumble across something they shouldn’t. And, just because you didn’t do something as a kid, doesn’t mean your children won’t… or haven’t already. 😉

  7. By Dartz on May 23, 2008 | Reply

    Monitoring every keystroke is a bad idea, your kids could probably break into the program and steal your credit card info or find out what YOU have been looking at.

  8. By dreamr802 on May 23, 2008 | Reply

    Yeah I don’t think monitoring every keystroke would be a good thing on any computer. Those kind of programs would probably be very easy to hack in. I think the key is to try to talk to your kids about what kind of sites they should and shouldn’t be visiting.

  9. By Dartz on May 24, 2008 | Reply

    You also need to teach them that a lot of porn sites contain illegal material, such as pedophillia or rape. Lacking that, may contain spyware or virii.

    I told my cousin this when he got internet: “If you want to look at naked women, buy a magazine or go to the strip club.”

  10. By Anissa on May 24, 2008 | Reply

    As a mother and as an individual, I can see a how you don’t want to invade your children’s privacy, and I can understand that you wouldn’t want to have your own sensitive information exposed. In this day and age, it isn’t just about what our children may find, but what creep or thief might find them. A monitoring service or software IS necessary, and beyond that, I don’t know how anyone would not have some sort of identity theft protection, along with some type of managed pc care. My children are too young to be online without an adult, but, after seeing how children are lured away or into secret places online and offline, I have come to the understanding that desperate measures have to be taken. Just because every kestroke is monitored, doesn’t mean that you have to spy on your child. Maybe you only check the reports on a biweekly or monthly basis or when the childs behavior is not normal. We all know our children pretty well, but, why chance having something happen to our child, if we can do something to prevent it.

    Anissas last blog post..Ask Anissa: More Fun Summer Activities and Educational Games

  11. By DavidC on May 24, 2008 | Reply

    That’s good advice Dartz – trying to stay anonymous, but most young adolescents want to be part of the social network scene and because of that they want to share and build a large network of friends. It’s nice to be popular, unfortunately, there are professional pedophiles that are experts at grooming children and it only takes a couple of small bits of information for a predator to start the process of grooming.

    It’s also true what Somnilocus said, “Even if you think you’ve made your site “private,” there are still ways this info can be accessed.” This is another good reason why the use of “monitoring software” like PC Pandora, is a great tool for parenting a savvy group of Generation-Net teens. As a parent this will allow me to recognize “red flags” that my children might not.

    Hey Mr. Postman I’m with you on the thumbs up on the monitoring software. However, I trusted my children to do the right things as well but, sometimes they may get hit with unsolicited pop-up sights or an unsolicited comment from someone that is an expert at luring kids into a conversation and all it takes is a brief moment for your child to let down his/her guard and communication is established. Monitoring software will allow a parent to know when your child was approached and what information may have been exchanged. One out if five kids have been sexually solicited online and it may be even higher because most kids will no say anything for fear of losing their computer privileges. I think the comment referring to smoking is only an example of kids being kids – after all there are a lot of smokers. Thank goodness the numbers are dropping.

    Well Luke, that is new to me and all the more reason for us to become more involved with our kids online activity… kids are kids and no matter how much we trust them they make mistakes. They might not even make the mistake, like you said, “according to the second Youth Internet Safety Survey there is a documented increase in the proportion of kids reporting unwanted exposure to pornography.” And I’d rather be safe than sorry, so I am a proponent of monitoring…it’s a parents tool for the new generation.

    As parents we have to overcome this notion that we are being invasive and spying on our kids’ personal online lives. Remember the Internet is young and has grown exponentially and with it a pervasive dark malignant underbelly of deviants that believe they are justified in stealing the innocence of your children. Don’t think of these predators or
    pedophiles as stupid, think of them as professionals, intelligent, meticulous, and experts at what they do. Do you want to leave your child alone online believing they are equipped emotionally and intellectually to deal with the likes of a professional predator? This is new to parents, and I for one am using the only tools available to parent my kids. I’m not watching them to spy on them, I’m watching more for that one time someone a lot smarter than them try to lure them.

    Here’s another benefit of monitoring your computer… “You are guilty until proven innocent.” If by chance your PC is hacked and becomes a “zombie computer” (a computer under the control of a hacker) and is used as a platform to spam and send out pornography, you are responsible. With good monitoring software that has screen capture capability, like PC Pandora, I know that I can verify the activity on my PC. Also, this monitoring can be operated in stealth mode and there is no way for your teen to know or access the program.

    DavidCs last blog post..Mar 12, The DMV Will Find Out… Is It Really Your Face? Or The Face Of An ID Theif?

  12. By DavidC on May 25, 2008 | Reply

    I’ve been thinking of what Postman said, “Of course I never used them because my children can be trusted.”

    These are some statistics that should alarm you so, please don’t think or rely on your child to be a model role of righteousness. It is believed that pornography is physically more addicting than cocaine and ‘imprints’ the mind with images.

    The largest group of viewers of Internet porn is children between ages 12 and 17 (Family Safe Media, December 15, 2005)

    The average age of first exposure to Internet porn is 8 (Family Safe Media, December 15, 2005.)

    The Internet pornography industry generates $12 billion dollars in annual revenue — larger than the combined annual revenues of ABC, NBC, and CBS (Family Safe Media, January 10, 2006,)

    Information, good and bad, is traveling exponentially and parenting needs to wrap its arms around the delivery of content to the youth of today. Unless you want to shadow your child 24/7 you need to become familiar with the tools that will help you parent in the 21st century. It’s a new era and being a responsible cyber parent is also another step
    in becoming a responsible cybercitizen.

    We don’t leave our child alone unsupervised that’s why we have hall-monitors; playground monitors, it’s now the time for online monitors. Good monitoring is a must today and allowing your kids to run around in cyberspace
    unsupervised is toying with disaster. Even if you have the greatest trust for your child, he/she is still a child and needs your supervision.

    DavidCs last blog post..Mar 12, The DMV Will Find Out… Is It Really Your Face? Or The Face Of An ID Theif?

  13. By DavidC on May 25, 2008 | Reply

    Also, I’d like to thank Luke Gilkerson for the information in his post. I’ve been researching the links and believe it’s a topic that should be talked about.

    I’m curious if there is link between pornography and online cybercrime? Would there be less malware online with less pornography? Considering a high percentage of malware is transferred through these sites.

    DavidCs last blog post..Mar 12, The DMV Will Find Out… Is It Really Your Face? Or The Face Of An ID Theif?

  14. By Bill Wardell on May 26, 2008 | Reply

    Hey Everyone I really appreciate all of your comments, and there are lots of valid points… I have tested the PC Pandora software myself, and it’s awesome… and you can get $10.00 off through our website and you test it for free!

    So, how can you go wrong? Plus, there are built in safety measures to keep children from bypassing the program… out of all the software programs I have reviewed and tested over the last 2 years, this is hands down the Best of the Best…

    http://www.pcpandora.com/order/?coupon=cyberhood

    As always be safe online,

    Your Online Security Authority

    Bill Wardell

    Bill Wardells last blog post..Spyware: Part 10 of Sites That Offer Downloads: How They Can Be So Dangerous In the Pornographer’s Hands – Remedies and Prevention

  15. By KenS on May 27, 2008 | Reply

    Awesome points from everyone. It does anger me how parents trust teens today, just because they exist. They treat them like 30-year-olds instead of 13-year-olds. Do you remember what you did at 13? And that was without a worldwide stage/access platform. Check out our PC Pandora (thanks again, Dave and Bill!) and look around. Find what’s best for you. Just don’t sit idly by, un-educated and un-informed… because your kids certainly aren’t.

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  16. By Online Security on Jun 17, 2008 | Reply

    I think kids today so whatever they feel like and it seems most parents just dont put in the effort to keep there kids safe

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