The only way to monitor what children are doing on the internet/online has
elevated to the ability of the cell phones that bypass parental controls so the
accuracy of this study is far from correct. I would guess that children are near
100% of exploitation by world wide access beyond parental controls. Computers in
the home are never used anymore, they get all the access they need from the
handset PDA phones parents give them.It's time to put internet
and social network limits on cell phones as well, even possible taking them out
of the hand of children and making it illegal for anyone under 19 from
possessing or using a cell phone without parents supervision.Schools
and libraries supply all the education materials children need and cell phones
are just weapons to be exploited by predatory industry, peers, and friends.
Parents complain about their children being preyed on yet they do nothing to
stop the predators. Take away their cell phones that would also save hundreds of
lives in teen car accidents. Parents have the responsibility to stop predation
of their children and if they don't then they have no one else to blame.
Even when a computer is kept in a high-traffic area, it is still a good idea to
install password-protected filtering software to prevent access to unsavory
sites, intentional or no.
The answer is no, you don't know what your children are viewing online.
For every piece of internet protection software out there, there's a way
around it. For every computer in a high-traffic area, there's a friend
with one that's hidden.The only true protection a parent has
against the unsavory aspects of the internet is education. Teach them early
what's right and wrong online and the integrity to stick to what's
right. You can't rely on a fallible software package to do your parenting
what you say is truehowever I still put filtering software on my
computers.And I still lock up my house and car when I am away. Even though
it is not a 100% guarantee.Plus, I have a few tricks up my sleeve, that I
do not tell the kids about.
You do your best. We use Windows Live Family Safety - so I get a report every
week showing me what sites the kids have visited, and I have some control over
what types of sites they can visit (and I know it's far from perfect). Our
teens have cell phones but only calling/texting ones, not smart phones - and I
disabled any internet access separately on our cell phone account. All
computers have to be used in the family room, including laptops. Kids have
standard accounts, not administrator access, and don't have any other
passwords. We teach the kids as best we can, and show them articles on what can
happen when the rules aren't followed, so they understand why we have the
rules we do.Life has risks. You can't guarantee they
won't run out into the street, that teens will buckle up or follow traffic
rules, that they will date safely or anything else.
Thanks to Sniper Spy monitoring software I have a pretty good idea of what is
happening on the PC. You simply install the software on the PC and monitor from
any online PC or smart phone to monitor. I love it.