Internet Safety for Kids

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Monitor Children on the Internet

Monitoring your children on the Internet can be difficult just as monitoring your children in everything else they do in life. I’ll be discussing two simple steps you can take to help you ease the burden, time and energy it takes to monitor your children.



  1. First, use some common sense to monitor your children on the Internet the easy way. For instance, simply place the computer in a public area perhaps the kitchen where you can monitor them. Some children will complain loudly but these are your rules. They live under your house, right? You’re the boss. Enforce the rules and be firm yet let your children understand that you love them too. To help you with this process you can download an Internet contract for you and your children. Just visit http://www.children-internet-safety.com and then subscribe to the newsletter. It’s free. In the newsletter, near the bottom, there is a resource for “SurfWatch Safety Program Digital Toolkit.”
  2. Secondly, good program will help you monitor your children on the Internet. There are several and some are free yet I’m always a believer in paying for good software. If you can afford Internet access for your children then you can afford good monitoring software. Personally, I like CyberPatrol. It’s only $40 per year or 10 cents a day. Really, there is no excuse to not purchase one. Whichever you choose, the following is a list of features you should seek for in a good children’s Internet monitoring program:
    1. Blocking or filtering – this prevents your children from viewing inappropriate webpages or ones that you haven’t approved of.
    2. ISP children Internet monitoring programs - some ISPs such as AOL will provide software that will help you with monitoring your children’s Internet activity. Ask your ISP if they do provide one. The ones provided by the ISP usually are not as feature-rich as the paid ones out there.
    3. Time-of-day monitoring – this Internet monitoring feature will restrict access to the Internet to only certain times of the day. For instance, if you're at work and you’re children are at home then you can disable Internet access till you get home.
    4. Keylogging – this will allow you to monitor your children’s keystrokes and Internet browsing which can be saved for later viewing. So if your children need access when you’re not at home then you can always view what they typed and what sites they have visited.
    5. Pop-up blockers – there are many pop-up blockers out there. These are specially designed to stop many porn-related pop-ups.
    6. Stop the spam – we have all received spam and I'm certain still do. This can significantly reduce the amount of spam and especially the ones that are porn, gambling and drug-related material. A great time-saver.
    7. Filter vital information – you can keep online predators at bay by blocking important information, like names, addresses and phone numbers being revealed and removing objectionable words in chat and instant messaging programs. A must-have feature because you never know what information your children are giving out. You want to stop this information before it’s given out!
    8. Built-in anti-spyware – this will keep other programs that have been surreptitiously loaded on your computer.
    9. Filter out search engine results – some good Internet, children-monitoring software will filter out bad words and pornographic sites from the search engine results such as Google, Yahoo and MSN.

Monitoring your children on the Internet can be done automatically with good software but do not rely on this as the sole means. This is not a panacea. You really need to sit down and talk with your children. Even browse with them for awhile to understand what sites they like to visit and what they search for online. Tell them not to give out personal information including address, phone number, the school they attend or the teams they play on. Get to know their online friends. If they insist on meeting someone they met online make certain that you meet this new friend and the meeting will occur in a public place. When they see inappropriate material online or when someone makes them feel uneasy such as a bully or a potential predator get them to speak with you. Monitoring your children on the Internet doesn’t have to be a full-time job. You just need to use prudence and enforce some basic rules with your children.

Learn more tips on monitoring your children on the Internet by downloading my FREE guide “Five Steps You Need to Take for Your Children’s Safety To Put Your Mind at Ease.” Visit Children-Internet-Safety.com.



Victor Kimura – keeping your children safer on the Internet.


Regards,
Victor Kimura

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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Shocking 595,682 online searches by pedophiles today!

Shockingly, there are an alarming and staggering 595,682 online searches a day for child pornography material. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) reports child pornography sites have risen dramatically to almost 400 percent in just over a short four-year period. Children-Internet-Safety.com was created to help parents protect their children while surfing online.

Vancouver, BC (June 8, 2006) -- An alarming and staggering 595,682 online searches every single day for child pornography and related material by pedophiles is shocking and disturbing. Enraged by these numbers, a local Internet marketer (Victor Kimura), has launched the website http://www.children-internet-safety.com. The website is positioned to help stem the rise of child pornography online and to help parents protect their children from online pedophiles.

There are just too many pedophiles lying in wait to snare and lure your children into the child sex market.

The term "lolitas videos hardcore" was searched 8,049 times and the term "naked teens" was searched 6,529 times on Google just in the last 24 hours and Google accounts for only half of all the searches online. Double these numbers to account for the rest of the search engines including Yahoo and MSN.

There seems to be no end in site for the demand of child pornography. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's (NCMEC) congressionally mandated CyberTipline stated received reports of child pornography have risen dramatically to almost 500 percent in just over a short four-year period. Overwhelmingly, there were 21,603 reports of child pornography in 2001 and then a steady yet disturbingly substantial increase to 106,176 reports in 2004.

http://www.children-internet-safety.com has a safe, email subscription to enable visitors to download a free, easy-to-read guide to keep children safer online. The guide describes the benefits and risks of the Internet to children and easy tips to implement for their safety. Within the book, there are several, useful resources to websites containing more information and help for victimized children and their families.

Some basic measures every parent needs to implement are installing a good Internet child-monitoring program and an anti-Spyware and Internet security program. Children still need good parental guidance and rules to manage their Internet activities just in the same way they need to be supervised for their extracurricular activies such as soccer or piano lessons. All the software in the world cannot replace actual parental monitoring.

About Children-Internet-Safety.com

http://www.children-internet-safety.com was started by Victor Kimura, a web designer and marketer, to help parents learn the fundamentals of good, online safety measures that they can readily and easily implement. He has been working in the computer industry for over ten years. Victor previously owned Gaia Computers in Vancouver, BC a small business servicing and repairing computers for families to ensure parents and children were protected and safer online.

For more information please visit http://www.children-internet-safety.com[http://www.children-internet-safety.com] or call (604) 218-8935.

Source: Wordtracker
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Regards,
Victor Kimura

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Monday, June 12, 2006

Justice Save Web Data For Two Years

Good on the justice department to fight against child pornography and terrorism. Interesting to note that Google was opposed to this idea initially when it fought against this agenda; primarily, probably due to privacy issues. It seems like they may concede to retention of data in light of terrorism threats however. Again, as long as privacy issues are maintained. (Victor)

Justice Save Web Data For Two Years

David A. Utter
Staff Writer
Published: 2006-06-02

Companies like Google, Comcast, Verizon, and Microsoft have recently met with the Department of Justice and the FBI on the suggestions that those Internet companies retain user web activities for as long as two years to help fight terrorism and child pornography.

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI Director Robert Mueller have asked executives from throughout the Internet industry to hang on to data for two years. USA Today reported that the data retained would be exchanges of emails, though not the content of those messages, and web searches.

The government sees this information as essential to the combating of terrorism and child pornography. Previous attempts by Justice to compel Google to part with vast sections of its index prompted a lawsuit by Justice that Google managed to defeat in court.

That previous battle was over child pornography. Justice claimed the data would be needed to bolster its arguments in a Pennsylvania court that the Child Online Protection Act is constitutional.

Now Justice has invoked terrorism as an additional justification for its request. The industry looks ready to cooperate, so long as privacy issues are addressed. From the article:

"The issue for us is not whether we retain data, but we want to see it done right," says Dave McClure, president of the U.S. Internet Industry Association, which represents 150 companies, primarily Internet service providers. "Our concerns are who pays for it, what data is retained, and if it is retained legally without violating federal laws and subscriber agreements."

"We strongly support Gonzales' interest in assuring that the Internet is safe for everyone," Phil Reitinger, Microsoft's senior security strategist, said in a statement Wednesday that acknowledged the company's participation in the meeting at Justice. "But data retention is a complicated issue."

Complications come from keeping a growing volume of data retained for a period that exceeds the 30 to 90 days most Internet service providers retain that data. Companies like Google and Microsoft keep much more data on hand and are likely the true targets of the Justice request.

"Child pornography is disgusting and illegal," Steve Langdon, a spokesman for Google, said in a Mercury News report about the request. But he said any proposals related to users' data "require careful review and must balance the legitimate interests of individual users, law enforcement agencies and Internet companies."

Regards,
Victor Kimura

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Montgomery Newspapers - MySpace presents age-old parent-teen dilemma in a new light

The following is an excerpt from CentralBucksLife online publication by staff writer, Patrick Cobbs. I just wish to point out some viewpoints some teenagers have with regards to parental monitoring and control of their internet usage.

Montgomery Newspapers - MySpace presents age-old parent-teen dilemma in a new light: "'With the safety issue, again, I do think that parents should become more involved in what their children are doing,' said Amanda, an 18-year-old Pennridge student. 'They like to complain and groan about what their children are doing, but they aren't taking the action to protect them.'
Sarah, another Pennridge student, took a similar view.
'If you are worried about Internet predators getting to your kids then you should have talked to them starting at an early age and then kept on talking to them up until the present,' she said.
However, a certain balance was important; students did not especially want parents browsing their sites. They seemed to feel it was appropriate only if there was a legitimate reason to suspect that their child was in danger.
'Parents just clash with MySpace,' said Molly, a Pennridge High School student, by Email. 'If my parents couldn't trust me then it is acceptable for them to look at my MySpace, Email, etc. But because my parents would only look at it because of their curiosity, not worry for my well-being, it is not acceptable.'
In general, students reported using the Internet between 15 minutes and two or more hours each day, and most rated entertainment and social interaction as the most important reasons "

I believe that there are some important points to consider:

1) Talk to your children regularly about online bullies and other predatory incidences that they can expect on social networking sites such as myspace.com and others and chatrooms.

2) Install a good parental monitoring program since you can't be watching over their shoulder at every moment. The good programs will not only filter out bad sites but can filter out personal information that your children may be typing such as their home address, phone number and what school they attend.

3) Tell them the "rules" of the house. Be firm but gentle. There is a link within my guide that has a template contract to be used by families.

4) Respect your children's privacy but ensure the rules are kept.

5) Keep the computer and other entertainment media in a common room such as the kitchen.

6) Read the guide. There are alot of useful, free resources in the book and the guide is free.

Regards,
Victor Kimura

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

BBC NEWS | UK | Northern Ireland | Teen site moves to block photos

[Children-Internet-Safety] Be aware of the Privacy Policy and Acceptable Use Policy where your children register and make a note of where your children meet regularly online with their friends. Usually it'll be on social networking sites such as Bebo.com or Myspace.com.

BBC NEWS UK Northern Ireland Teen site moves to block photos: "Safety 'We have a number of features in place to help us protect our users. If there are any reports of abuse we are looking to turn those around within 24 hours,' she said. 'As soon as we have a report of abuse from any member, any parent, any teacher, we look to take the pictures down immediately.' Ms Gavin said Bebo was the 'number one social networking website in the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand'. She said they could not have achieved this without strenuous safety measures. 'Bebo was one of the first social networking sites to partner with wiredsafety.org, a leading internet safety organisation, to create safety tips for Beboers and parents, and we post these prominently on Bebo's homepage and every single page of the site,' she said. Plans are also in place to appoint two people, one in the UK and one in Ireland, to ensure the safety of the site, she added. Michael McClean, principal of Aquinas Grammar School in south Belfast wrote to parents because he was worried about child safety and privacy issues. He said that while the majority of students who used the site appeared to do so for legitimate uses, many young people seemed to believe it was private, when in fact, it was not. "

Regards,
Victor Kimura

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Parenting & Technology: Social Networking Web Sites and More

[Internet-Safety-for-Kids.blogspot.com] Well-said by Grant Garrett. It's important to keep in touch with your kids. You need to be open to them and develop a trust and relationship. Be involved with their online activities just as you would in their offline activities. If you know they play baseball on Wednesdays after school then shouldn't you know that they are online at Myspace.com on Fridays after school with their online friends?

As a Geek Squad Agent and a father of a six year-old, I am already preparing myself for how difficult it might be to monitor my own daughter�s online activities as she grows up. Computer and technology integration in the classroom expose children to the Internet at an increasingly young age. With the largest group of new Internet users being kids ages 2 to 5, it�s no wonder that parents, like myself, are apprehensive as soon as their child begins to use the Internet on their own.

Move from the classroom to the family room, and you encounter a growing number of online community sites like MySpace, Friendster and Xanga that are available to anyone of any age. While the recommended age for signing up for these sites is 13, it is important to remember that you cannot count on these sites to prevent your underage child from signing up. Remind your children that by sharing personal information and photos they may also run the risk of strangers � as well as friends � trying to contact them.

Here are several ways you can help your kids can use social networking Web sites safely.

  • Communication is Key: Take the time to talk to your child about the potential dangers of posting personal information on the Internet. Demonstrate how basic information such as a zip code, a school mascot�s name and an after school sport practice schedule could be pieced together by a stranger as a way to identify an online user.
  • Be �In The Know�: Take the time to learn about the popular online communities your child might frequent. As you examine each site try to keep in mind your child�s perspective and truly understand why they might find the site so intriguing.
  • One-on-One Session: Whether you consider yourself to be tech-savvy or tech-illiterate, schedule a computer training session with your child. This is a great opportunity for your child to show you their favorite Web sites, including profiles on any online communities they like to visit. Ask them to explain how the online communities work and then suggest they help you build a profile page. When you see that your child is comfortable sharing ask if you can link your profile to their site. This allows you to monitor their log-in activity and profile updates in a very non-invasive manner.
  • Computer-Specific Techniques. There are various tactics you can do to protect your child without them even realizing your intentions.
    • Enable parental controls so that your child cannot access inappropriate Web sites
    • Install software such as PC Moderator, ContentProtect, iShield or Safe Eyes 2006 to limit site access and monitor activity history
    • Set the computer so that the entire family shares a login and password
    • Place the computer in an open area of the house

Now as I watch my daughter become more familiar with the computer, I realize how important it is to develop house rules at an early age that we can both agree on and understand. Remember, it is never too early to educate your children about the potential dangers of particular web sites. Just make sure to weave all the good information and experiences found online, as well.


Regards,
Victor Kimura

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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Monitoring Child's Internet Use and other expert advice at FamilyEducation.com

Here's some good piece of advice for monitoring your children's Internet surfing habits. I'm a believer that a child should not be given free reign to do as she/he pleases. Much like I don't condone tv within the bedroom. It's your job to set clear guidelines for your children. You can find a link within the free newsletter for helping with the development of a contract with your children on setting these guidelines. Just visit http://www.children-internet-safety.com.

Monitoring Child's Internet Use and other expert advice at FamilyEducation.com: "Family Safety Expert Advice from Gavin de Becker

Question: My son is on the Internet every day after school and often through the evening. Although I drop in his room to see what he's looking at and who he's communicating with, I can't be there all the time. What do you suggest?

Answer: Some families keep the computer in a common area of the house (kitchen, den, etc.) so that kids are not assured of being alone when on the Internet. An option I recommend if your son has a computer in his room is to have a second screen that displays exactly what appears on your son's computer. This is an easy thing to wire, and can cost as little as a couple hundred dollars -- or nothing, if you use the monitor from an old computer."

Regards,
Victor Kimura

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FREE Tips and Easy Steps for Your Kid's
Safety. Learn How to Significantly Increase
Your Kid's Safety from Online Predators.
Download the FREE guide Right Now!

http://www.children-internet-safety.com


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