Posts tagged parental control
Chat Room Guidelines: If your kid chooses to partake in a chat room, make sure its a reputable one. Search for chat rooms with good adult supervisors who are responsible. Parents should cautious though; not all chat rooms are equal and just because it is being supervised does not mean it will prevent internet predators from pretending to be younger and participating in the chat.
When in chat rooms, safeguard your personal identity at all times. This may sound obvious, but teenagers can be naïve and give out too much data. Never release data such as age, location, email addresses. More >
Exposure to violent and hateful content:
In today’s modern day society, our kids are repeatedly overwhelmed with violence and sex from the media. Movies, television, video games and music all have played a role in this exposure. With the addition of the internet, there is a whole new level of media violence that families should be concerned about. The internet plays host to endless amounts of violence which range from MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Role Playing Game) internet games like World of Warcraft right down to racist humor. YouTube has hundreds, if not thousands of videos depicting extreme stunts, real life bullying More >
Getting smart about online stranger danger:
For most parents, having their kids surfing the internet can be worrisome but the internet can also be a good place where you can meet and talk with individuals who are not judgmental about your background, your looks or religion. Unfortunately, though, the same tech that allows you to chat without being judged by your appearance may also help cyber predators to trick you. Those same chat rooms that attract children and teens are also going to attract people who want to exploit them, because there’s nothing that discourages those people from pretending to be More >
Although chat rooms are not as popular as they use to be due to the astronomical rise of social networking, there is still some cause for concern. Do you really know what’s going on in your teenagers chat room? There are two classes of chat rooms; a web based chat room or IRC (Internet Relay Chat). Both have small differences, but they essentially have the similar purpose.
Families should understand that the majority of chat rooms are mainly for entertainment purposes and have very little educational value. Cyber predators also frequently roam these chat rooms with the main goal of More >