Times are changing and the earlier generations are becoming more and more tech savvy. While that is great that they are growing with the times, it also means that they are subjected to explicit material, online scammers and many things way beyond their years. The Internet is absolutely loaded with content and activities that are entertaining and educational for children. Many times parents are not aware of what their kids are getting into online, so make sure you ask and be aware of what your kids are doing. Here is a list of four ways that they can get into trouble.
- Nasty Websites: Young kids encounter these websites by accident because they are everywhere. Hormone crazed kids may seek them out on purpose, as well as gambling sites promoting drugs or weapons and school cheating sites. Everywhere you go on the web you have a very good chance of encountering something that isnâ€™t good for your children.
- Dangerous Contacts: Email, Instant Messaging, and Social networking all expose your children to the threat of being contacted by someone randomly. Recently Facebook experienced a breach in security when users were getting contacted by online phishers posing as Facebook security saying they needed personal information from them. Unfortunately this has become a sad reality but it is important to warn your kids not to give away personal information on unsecure sites.
- Internet Overdose: It has been reported that there is over a trillion web pages out there. If your child is glued to the monitor all day and night this may cause other problems for them. Staying up all night playing games leaves kids too tired to think in school, and sitting motionless at the computer for hours wonâ€™t help their physical development or health, either.
- Cyber-bullying: Social Networking can be fun for children and adults to connect with their friends, however it is also a catalyst for major cyber bullying by fellow classmates. Kids can be insulted and bullied online, sometimes to the point of feeling suicidal. Unlike physical bullying, it may be hard for parents to tell if this is happening to their kids.
The simplest parental control utility should prevent access to inappropriate websites (parents can decide which categories are inappropriate). Parents should also limit the amount of time spent online, set a schedule for what time of day Internet use is permitted, or both. And of course it should be hardened against hacking, so a clever teen can’t disable it. To learn more about installing InfoArmor Identity Protection visit us at Connect Your Home or call (888) 566-3979.