Internet Safety And Computer Monitoring



For eight years now,​ I have been involved in​ searching for missing and abducted children and have been an​ advocate for child safety. Parents are scared every time they see a​ news story about yet another abducted or​ missing child.

“What if​ that were my child?” “What would I do if​ I were that child’s parent?” “Why didn’t that child’s parents do more to​ keep their child safe?” “How can I keep this from happening to​ my child?”

Those are just a​ few of​ the​ questions that go through any parents mind when they hear about a​ child becoming the​ victim of​ a​ child sex predator or​ just any child that is​ missing without a​ clue. in​ some of​ these stories,​ the​ child or​ teenager first met someone online,​ then began to​ trust that person,​ then met them offline and disappeared.

When talking about Internet Safety,​ that is​ of​ course the​ worst case scenario. Other issues involve not wanting your child to​ be exposed to​ po​rnography,​ not wanting to​ have your child exposed to​ people who will make sexual advances to​ them online,​ and not wanting your child to​ do anything that might put them or​ even you at​ risk.

It is​ a​ very real problem that all parents need to​ address. Ignore what your children and teenagers do online at​ your own peril. if​ they are more computer literate than you are,​ it​ makes it​ even more difficult to​ know how to​ monitor their online activities. in​ addition to​ that,​ you feel as​ a​ parent you shouldn’t be “snooping” on​ them.

Your children can benefit greatly by being allowed to​ use the​ Internet. These days they can learn more online than they ever will in​ just school alone. They need both,​ so you have to​ find a​ way to​ balance the​ need for your children to​ go online with making sure they are safe online.

Fortunately there are programs available that can help you achieve that balance. the​ first thing you need to​ do is​ make sure your child knows about safety. in​ the​ footer of​ this article will be a​ link to​ the​ Kidsearch Network Website and to​ RunawayTeens.org where you will find the​ information they need to​ learn and what you as​ a​ parent need to​ know. There is​ even tools you can use to​ test your child to​ see how much they have learned.

The second step is​ to​ get a​ program like Online Safety Shield. Whether you tell your children or​ teenager it​ is​ there or​ not,​ the​ program will monitor everything that is​ done on​ each computer you install it​ on. it​ will allow you to​ flag certain keywords that you are concerned about your child encountering or​ that will associate with websites that are on​ that topic.

It will even take screen captures that allow you to​ see later which websites your child visited that contained that type of​ content. it​ does a​ lot more,​ but it’s best if​ you take a​ look at​ it​ for yourself. Just go to​ this website,​ http://www.onlinesafetyshield.com to​ see which version is​ right for you.

The bottom line is​ that Internet Safety is​ something that every parent has to​ be concerned about. Your children need to​ be able to​ make use of​ this great tool for learning,​ however you need to​ have some peace of​ mind that they are using it​ wisely. Learn more. Teach more. Be an​ “involved” parent. Your child’s life may depend on​ it.





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