We would be the first to recognize that the Internet is a wondrous tool. It is incredible for educational purposes and a way to communicate online at any hour about shared interests. However, those of us who are over 35 depended mainly on books and teachers for learning when we were young. We interacted in person with our peers on high school and college campuses. Today, for our teens and even much younger kids, the world is a click away on the Internet to communicate with folks across the globe without any human interaction. That’s why we need to think differently when protecting our kids online – it’s a different perspective.
We should welcome this incredible access for our kids. However, there are perils in their becoming dependent on the Internet as their prime educational and social outlet. Many kids are incredibly savvy about how to navigate the Internet, but that does not mean that they have the judgment to dodge the dangers of the Internet – from misinformation, to predators, to being victims of spyware. We take it seriously to shed light on how to protect our children online.
As a parent, you have the power to protect your kids from many dangers on the Internet. Every major Internet browser offers you the ability to limit access to objectionable content through browsing on search engines with the parental control tools that they give to you.
Networking and Instant Messaging
For those of us who are a little older, we communicate online primarily through regular email. Today, kids tend to communicate via networking sites such as Facebook or through instant messaging on their cell phones.
A huge problem with networking sites is that participants inadvertently include very personal information to anyone who’s invited in as “a friend.” Spyware and malware programs are monitoring these sites constantly to take advantage of every tidbit of information that’s included in networking sites, including contact information, and any interests or friends that are mentioned. In insidious ways, they can also access when instant messages are sent once their spyware and malware invade your computer or phone.
We have all seen news programs where teens (and adults) offered too much information in chat rooms that led to a very unfortunate encounter in person. Chat rooms can be great places to meet folks with common interests, but parents need to monitor their kids’ activity because of the possible dangers.
When a hacker or criminal steals the identity of one of your kids, then they also have access to some of your information as well. An anti-spyware such as Double Anti-Spy is constantly vigilant to fight off these invasions of your privacy and for those seeking to steal your identity. This protection is especially important if you cannot monitor your kids’ online activity every minute of the day. Double Anti-Spy detects, removes, and immediately protects your PC from thousands of these threats.
The Internet is an amazing resource for our children, but unfortunately it can pose a safety risk as well. Fortunately, with Double Anti-Spy, you can rest assured that your kids are safely protected from any online threats.