With the last few years and counting being wildly regarded as the “Digital Age,” we’ve seen more and more children become progressively familiar with typing their own name rather than physically writing it. Children as young as ten years old have their own cell phones and in some cases, even their own laptops or tablets. Now while this isn’t exactly harming anyone, (depending on who you ask) it is becoming increasingly important for parents to become more in tune with the online activity of their children.
Considering the cyber-takeover of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even the recently resurrected Myspace, there is no shortage of digital platforms for young children to get sucked into. Consequently, the internet has transformed into one giant welcome mat for cyber-bullies and child predators just looking for a way to take advantage of the fact that they can hide behind a computer screen.
It is easier for child predators to play the role of a child on the internet to lure unknowing children into a situation where they can be exploited sexually or emotionally. It is also extremely easy for children to send hateful or threatening messages to other children without consequences.
Sometimes blocking accounts or limiting web access is not enough due to the growing advancements in technology and children having a better knowledge of the cyber world than their parents. As a parent, you have a number of options to help further prevent these dangers from occurring. For starters, there is a vast array of surveillance programs available to install on your home computer, hand-held device or laptop. These measures are sometimes viewed as extreme, but are often the only way to be aware of what your child is up to and to prevent any harm from happening to them.
By installing these updates onto your computer or other devices, you can easily log-in at any time with a remote or from your own personal cell phone. You can receive updates involving email and chat room logs, and if you become concerned that your child is being bullied or pressured to engage in sexual exploitation, you or law enforcement, if necessary, can take the appropriate corrective measures.
The surveillance programs are easily installed and can either be done by LawDog Security or by yourself with step-by-step assistance over the phone. At the end of the day, these programs can eliminate uneasiness regarding the safety and security of your child and help you to rest a bit easier at night.
(Posted by: Russ Willingham Jr of LawDog Security & Investigations Inc.)