We are very strict on our kids use of the internet. Not only do we limit game time, web surfing is just not allowed. We may occasionally open up a kid-friendly site for them and allow them to look around, but the problem is that it is still so easy for them to end up somewhere they shouldn’t be. We joke about it now, but really it’s not funny, one day while allowing our son to use a kid-friendly web-site I returned from the other room to find him on the Victoria Secret site.
Part of the issue is that half of the commercials now-a-days have web addresses in them – they the address. So, kids and their trap-like minds remember them and type them in. Where they end up – who knows!
Because of the utmost importance of this issue, below is guest post written by a company called PC Pandora. Their goal is to help you protect your kids on the internet.
From PC Pandora:
Internet safety is (or at least should very much be) a top concern for parents in the 21st century. But if parents REALLY want to keep their kids safe online, they need to know what they are doing on the computer, and what is happening in their online lives.
Blocking and filtering websites are good tactics for the younger crowd, but even the youngest Internet-savvy ‘tween can get around them. Education and discussion are both key, but if you think your kids are going to tell you, honestly, everything they are doing online – you are just being silly.
The key to it all is simply being informed. That’s where a tool like our computer monitoring software, PC Pandora, comes to the rescue. It will show you everything they do, so you can step in, talk to your child, and put a stop to behavior you may not approve of.
Whether it’s chatting with strangers (and potential internet predators), bullying others, being a victim of cyberbullying or looking at Internet pornography, what they are not telling you will be shown clear as day. If you aren’t monitoring their activity, how can you know what they are doing – how do you know they are staying safe?
This is not an issue of privacy, nor is it an issue of trust – it’s called being a 21st century parent. (By the way, whatever happened to “I am the parent. My house. My rules?”)
Don’t give your kids unfiltered and unsupervised access to the Internet. Know what they are doing. Make sure you have a tool in place that will tell you what they never will. It’s a new responsibility we have as parents in the digital age.
And keep this in mind: if you aren’t monitoring what your kids do online and aren’t watching them closely as they explore the Internet, chances are someone else is…
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This is a sponsored post by PC Pandora.