The Internet: Parents can keep the family computer in a common area of the house until kids are much older and need quiet in order to concentrate on writing or other school projects. Establish rules and monitor the sites kids visit. When they are old enough to use social networking sites, parents can help choose privacy settings, to limit their contact with strangers.
Ed Suk, executive director of the New York Branch of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, says some of the most important things parents can do are to try to keep up with technological advances so they know what children's risks might be, and keep the lines of communication open so kids feel free to talk about any scary or disturbing things they may stumble across. Visit Netsmartz.org for more information on how to keep Internet usage safe.
Computer vision syndrome happens when children stare at the computer screen for a very long time especially when they are focusing so much when playing their games. Its main cause is due to the various reactions of our brain and eyes to the words and graphics that appear in the computer screen. Eyes find it difficult to focus on the words or characters on a screen due to its brightness at the center and not so well defined edges. Because of this, our eyes will continuously drift that can hamper our eyesight. Its effects vary from one child to another.
From text messaging, Skype, social networking, blogging and emails, we have never had so many ways to communicate. However, are there times when the one-on-one communication between human beings falls through the cracks and technology can take control over a family?
Blue Coat Systems - best known as a provider of web security and WAN optimisation products for enterprises - is offering a free browser for Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch) as a replacement for Safari that is claimed to provide 'family safe' 'browsing.
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Like an extreme diet that cuts out all processed foods for a short time with the promise of lasting good health, a technology cleanse means you unplug for a short time with longer-term benefits. But be warned: It isn't easy.
These days, you don’t really have to ask kids to get off your lawn. Chances are, they have no interest in being on your lawn in the first place and are playing computer games inside instead of wreaking havoc on your manicured grass. According to a new study by Internet security firm AVG, today’s kids are learning computer skills long before they are learning life skills.
The study published today analysed 26 parental control tools for PCs, 3 for games consoles and 2 for mobile phones. The study found that the existing software is good at filtering adult online content, but there is still at least a 20% chance that sites with unsuitable material for children and especially those encouraging youngsters to self harm (sites promoting anorexia, suicide or self-mutilation) could pass through their filters. At the same time, other sites that include content specifically for children are blocked. Only a few tools are able to filter web 2.0 content (such as social networking sites, forums, and blogs), block instant messaging or chat protocols or filter contact lists.
The YMCA of Silicon Valley announced that it has received a grant from IBM of 19 Young Explorer™ learning centers, which are the centerpiece of IBM’s KidSmart Early Learning grant program. The Young Explorers are being donated to the Y for its early learning programs, targeting children between the ages of 4 and 7.
MouseMail.com, the social network for kids that parents can monitor, has rewritten its terms of service to assure families their privacy is protected, according to a School Safety Partners bulletin released today.
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