How should parents regulate the online content their children have access to?
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How should parents regulate the online content their children have access to?
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My question to research was "How should parents regulate online content their children have access to?" I thought this was a very important topic because as generations go on, more children are being "born" into the computer where they use the computer earlier and earlier. Letting a child use the computer or internet with parental controls or being monitored until a certain age is basically like telling your child to go talk to strangers whenever they want.

 

There is so much out there that kids can be exposed to. Even pop-ups that appear after clicking on a website may be inappropriate for certain ages and should be restricted. Since the internet is basically a free for all in terms of what can be posted, what you can view, etc. there should be limits enforced by parents if they decide to let their children use the internet.

 

Many articles I read told of the dangers that are open to kids online. Predators, gambling, online games, sex sites, and bullying are among the few websites that children should not be viewing. Different articles helped sugguest tips for parents to help kids stay safe while using the internet. Some of the tips didn't seem effective, such as setting a time limit for the child or checking the internet history. I don't think these "rules" are very proactive because the child has already viewed the website and knows there are things out there like it. The best tip I read about was to purchase a parental control program or use the one that goes with Mac computers to make sure that sites are blocked physically by an adult. This way, there is no way that the child can view the website. Some people may think this is over the top but many work places also have website blockers for social networks and other websites they see unfit for employees to use while at work. 

 

Regulating what children do/see online is more important today than ever and it is only going to get more extreme. With all of our advancing technology, access to websites on our phones, and things in the media, it is essential that parents are aware of the different websites out there and how they are used. If this means creating a Facebook or Twitter account for a parent, just to get a hang of the website and see what it is all about, it can only help improve the child's safety online.

 

Setting rules with a child is not enough because they may see something intriging online that makes them want to research something more. Parental control software is the best way to ensure that kids aren't viewing inappropriate websites or getting themselves in trouble.

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Keeping Kids Safe Online

Keeping Kids Safe Online | How should parents regulate the online content their children have access to? | Scoop.it
Our Safe Online Surfing program in schools helps students recognize and avoid online dangers.

 

This article talks about the Safe Online Surfing (SOS) Program that includes children in grades 3rd-8th where they learn about internet safety and then take timed quizzes to show what they have learned. There is even a contest to see which school has done the best. Some things that the kids learn in this program include password protection, cyber bulling, copyright laws, etc. I think this is a great program because it takes a little bit of stress off parents while still informing children of ways to stay safe online. I think this is also a good way to keep children (and others) up-to-date on the latest technology which they can relay to those around them. I think it is ultimately impossible to protect kids from everything online but this program helps them to know what to look for that might harm or threaten them.

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Facebook - Website Review

Facebook - Website Review | How should parents regulate the online content their children have access to? | Scoop.it
Is Facebook OK for your child? Read Common Sense Media's website review to help you make informed decisions.

 

This is a great article that gives the reader a reminder to change their privacy settings, specifically on Facebook, and informs the reader of the Timeline feature. It also talks about how parents should get up to speed with Facebook and other social networking websites so that they have some sort of idea what their child is doing. I think this article is pin-pointing to older children (ones that are in middle school +) but it still lets parents know that they need to be aware of what is going on Facebook and how they can try to monitor it. I liked this article because it let parents know what they could do to help their child stay safe, but made it seem like it was ultimately up to the kid to take action to protect their privacy. I think in terms of what I'm researching, this article is a clear helper for parents as to the new trends of Facebook but it doesn't really stop kids from accessing the site.

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Parental controls: Managing where children are surfing online - National Consumers League

Parental controls: Managing where children are surfing online - National Consumers League | How should parents regulate the online content their children have access to? | Scoop.it
The National Consumers League is America’s oldest consumer organization, representing consumers and workers on marketplace and workplace issues since our founding in 1899.

 

I think this is a great article that provides information to parents about services, including AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon, that create a generated report of websites that were visited by other users (mainly the children in the family) so that parents can monitor what their children are doing online. I think this goes way beyond looking at the history on the browser because that is often deleted. There is a feature that allows the parents to see what their children are looking at online in "real-time" which I think is kind of creepy. They might as well be sitting next to the child instead of watching their every move via another computer. I didn't know that these companies offered services like this for internet usage but I think it's a great way to regulate internet usage for children.

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Keep Your Child Safe Online

Keep Your Child Safe Online | How should parents regulate the online content their children have access to? | Scoop.it

From online bullies to perverts to the lure of time-wasters like YouTube, there are far too many ways unsupervised kids of any age can get into trouble on the Internet. We look at a baker's dozen ways to keep your kids out of trouble online—whether they're toddlers or teens or thirty-something return-to-the-nesters.

 

Many parents are aware that they need to monitor their child(ren)'s activity on the computer and the internet, but there are more reasons why this is essential than they may think. The internet is basically an open gateway to thousands of subjects and ideas that can land kids in the wrong place. This article explains how kids may stumble upon gambling or sites that promote cheating at school and how it may get them into trouble. Especially with younger kids, they may not know how much trouble they can get into if you enter these sites and play around. This article also brings up the point that children may be exposed to TOO much via the internet. Knowing what kinds of things are out there and available for kids to read is a must when parents are letting their kids use the computer. Knowing what is out there will help parents block these kinds of websites so their children won't have access to them.

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Protecting Children Online With Internet Parental Controls

The World Wide Web can offer your children educational and entertainment options they can't get anywhere else, but you need parental controls to...

 

Many kids (and adults) believe that just because they're online, they are protected from the strangers that they talk to. This article points out that you actually have no idea who you are talking to on the other end and that personal information can be accessed. Parental control programs are beneficial to block websites from children but they can also be used to see what kind of sites your child tries to access. This can help the parent understand what they are learning at school and from peers, good or bad.

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More Statistics Regarding Children Internet Use | Parental control

I enjoyed this article because it gave actual statistics as to what is going on with online safety right now. The article states that 73% of families have their family computer where all family members can access it. I think this is a great idea. Some of my friends have a computer in their kitchen which I always thought was a weird place until I read this article, and it makes more sense. In addition, this article says that 64% of families give their kids a time limit for being online. I think this article does a great job of including statistics with tips for parents.

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Parenting: Tips for keeping kids safe online | 6abc.com

Parenting: Tips for keeping kids safe online | 6abc.com | How should parents regulate the online content their children have access to? | Scoop.it
Parenting articles by Amy Buckman...

 

I picked this article because it pointed out that many children now use the internet to further their education by joining groups or looking up information that relates to what they're learning in school. The writer, Amy Buckman, states that she checks the computer's internet history often and blocks out certain sites that children should not see. In addition, Net Nanny and Windows Live Family Safety were mentioned as programs that can help monitor children's use of the computer. Although I think this article adds a lot of good tips for parents, it is nothing that is not common sense.

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Best Parental Control Software Reviews | Internet Filter Reviews

Best Parental Control Software Reviews | Internet Filter Reviews | How should parents regulate the online content their children have access to? | Scoop.it
What's the Best Parental Control Software? ConsumerSearch recommends tools to help parents protect their children online.

 

This article was great in providing feedback for parents to decide on the best software to purchase to keep their child(ren) off certain websites and restrict their computer usage. I think overall, buying a software program for about $40 is a great way to ensure that children will safely be using the internet and computer. There are many tips online about how to protect children from the internet but as well all know, we cannot be there every second to see what our child is searching for. One of the top software programs, called Net Nanny, blocks social network sites and has excellent reviews overall. My own worry about these programs is that they may be out-of-date after about a year with our technology advancing so quickly.

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Kid Proofing a Mac With Parental Controls

Kid Proofing a Mac With Parental Controls | How should parents regulate the online content their children have access to? | Scoop.it

This post should serve as a quick guide to get you started in locking down your Mac, making it safe for your kiddos to use without your direct supervision. The process is quite simple (as is standard operating procedure with all things Apple), but I realize you may be starting from one of two different scenarios.

 

This article states the ways that Mac has already enabled a Parental Control account that has standard settings to limit children on the computer. With the cost of Mac computers, I'm not surprised it is built in, but it is definately handy for those with children. It is stated that Macs have logs that can be used to track time that the user is on the computer and locks them out after a certain amount of time. I had no idea these features existed and it is helpful since Macs have so much to offer that it is confusing at times. I like this idea because it blocks things on the computer itself, not just the internet. Having a feature that "locks down" the computer is very beneficial to parents, especially when they cannot be there every second to monitor their child's computer usage.

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Infographic: Talking smartphone security with kids is as important as the ... - Mobile Entertainment

Infographic: Talking smartphone security with kids is as important as the ... - Mobile Entertainment | How should parents regulate the online content their children have access to? | Scoop.it
Mobile EntertainmentInfographic: Talking smartphone security with kids is as important as the ...Mobile EntertainmentIt's a surprising amount, given that 71 per cent of parents are clued up about parental controls such as monitoring usage, time...

 

60% of parents with smartphones have no idea that parental controls exist on their phones. I think this is a major problem because I see kids all over the place playing games and using their parent's smartphones to keep them entertained. The only default personal control on phones that I know of is asking the password to your Itunes account before downloading an app for the Iphone. In addition, a password can be set up on many phones but that is basically all that people know about. Since smartphones are relatively new especially to parents, I think they need to learn every feature on their phone and the ability of it. Kids may "play" on their parent's phone when they are actually using the web browser to look things up. If the parent doesn't know how to check the history on their phone's web browser, let alone utilize the web browser, they will have no idea what their child is looking at. I think being aware of the features on your phone are mandatory for keeping your child safe.

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