Internet Child Safety
As most people know the internet can be an amazing resource and provide hours of fun for children, but there is a side to the internet that can be worrying for any parent.
Chat rooms have been a main cause of concern for years, with adults posing as young children and chatting to unsuspecting children, and in extreme cases trying to organise secret meetings with the child. Things are changing slowly and a lot of chat rooms are starting to monitor their sites more closely, but unfortunately not everyone is following suit.
Websites with explicit images are another problem that children may be exposed to, a few of these websites have a warning on their homepage alerting the user to the fact that the site contains this sort of material, but unfortunately not all of them.
Another major worry for a parent is spam email containing explicit images, most of this type of spam gets sent from countries where any type of law is not easily enforced and therefore the culprits can go on sending, hopefully one day we will see the end of this type of marketing but unfortunately at the moment it is here to stay.
There are things that can be done to protect your children from this type of exposure on the internet, and below we will cover a few of these things.
Child Security in Chat Rooms
Chat rooms have long been a favourite pastime on the internet for kids. They can be great fun and the children can make some great new friends online. The problem with chat rooms is that they are generally anonymous, so the person that they are chatting to may not be who they say they are.
Unless you supervise your children whenever they are in a chat room then controlling who they chat too can be a problem, although, there are some general guidelines that your children can follow to make their online chatting safer:
• Stay anonymous, they should use a nickname while online, and never reveal their real name.
• Never tell anyone where they live, not even if they have been chatting to the person for years.
• Never tell anyone what school they go to.
• Never give out phone numbers.
• Never agree to meet someone without a parent present, and ensure the person they are going to meet knows a parent will be accompanying them.
• Tell an adult if anything strange happens or anything is said to them that makes them feel uncomfortable.
• Introduce yourself in the chat room to their online friends, especially if your child wants to meet them.
Although these guidelines may seem fairly obvious, by ensuring that your children follow them they can help remove some of the dangers.
Websites with unsuitable images
This can be fairly simple to guard against, there is software available which can prevent your children from going to websites with this sort of content. Also when they are searching the internet another measure is for them to use the safe search facility available on most good search engines.
• Filter harmful websites and newsgroups.
• Restrict Internet time to a predetermined schedule.
• Decide which programs can have internet access.
• Block e-mails, online chats, instant messages and P2P connections with inappropriate words.
• Limit the amount of data that can be sent or received to/from your computer.
• Set different levels of restrictions for every member of your family depending on their maturity, interest, habits, and parental control needs.
• Get detailed Internet activity logs.
Don't be fooled !! Your children are smarter than you ....
The first thing parents must realize is that their children have far more superior computer skills. We all know that various child safety programs come built in with our operating systems. While they do serve some functionality they are considered obsolete. Teens these days are very computer savvy. Just consider this: Who spends more time on their computer? You or your children? Its a no brainer that your child will develop skill on how to bypass built-in security measures. There are tons of "how to" sites made by teens that teach how to "get around" any Internet blocks you might have put up. This is why built in child safety programs do not work. They are well known by teens and bypassing them without you knowing is a matter of entering a few clever commands.
Did you know that over 55 Million children use the internet on a weekly basis?
Did you that 1 in 5 of those children were sexually solicited online?
Did you know that only 18% of the most serious incidents were actually reported?
Unfortunately those statistics are true. That is why Child Safe Parental Controls is dedicated to making the best of breed parental control software and providing users with unparalleled tools to promote Internet safety within their homes, work places, and organizations.
Today many programs and operating systems come preinstalled with parental control software. Developers such as Microsoft, Apple, Norton, and McAfee acknowledge the problem and the abundance of adult material, Internet sex predators, and very malicious content on the web and are attempting to make strides in protecting your kids while they browse the Internet.
The truth is that these pre-installed parental control software solutions are not the solutions for today's parents, especially those with tech-savvy children. We are faced with the dilemma that our children know more about computers than we do and continuously find ways around parental control software. It is important that when shopping for parental control software you find a solution that provides you with the real security of knowing that once you have installed the software you never need worry about your child finding a way around it. Its time to outsmart your kids, for their own good.
Child Safe' products are designed from the ground up to prevent your child from turning off any of its features. Child Safe's line of products assist parents in managing what their children are allowed to do on the computer. The program controls help determine the programs they can use, the websites they can visit, the conversations they take part in, --- and when.
Parents can easily access and view their children’s social networking activities on commonly used sites like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Youtube and Bebo.
Using secure proxies (example: UltraSurf) is the number one method used by tech-savvy teens to circumvent desktop filters. This includes proxies, secure proxies, and local host proxies or application proxies. Child Safe Proxy Protect not only filters the content of all web proxy sites (http and https), but aggressively blocks attempts to get around filtering by blocking these proxy Web sites.
Protects Families and Children
Much more important than how it works, is that you know that Child Safe does work. You have the peace of mind of knowing that you are protecting your children and family with the best internet safety tools available.
Internet Use Time Controls
Child Safe's time controls will help you control when your children can and cannot use the Internet.
Integration With Popular Search Engines
The new Child Safe integrates seamlessly with "Safe Search" options found in popular search engines such as Google, Yahoo, Ask & Bing.
Customizable "Allowed" or "Blocked" Lists
Child Safe permits parents to create a customized lists of unacceptable or acceptable Web sites. For example, parents could set up a list (white list) of friendly sites that are always allowed and/or set up a list (black list) of objectionable sites that are always blocked.