Computers and the Internet are increasingly indispensable in our homes. Online resources make it simple to do almost everything, including paying bills, registering new appliances, and locating movie times, restaurants, and amusement parks. When can you find it online with a few keystrokes and a mouse click? Why “let your fingers do the walking” in the yellow pages, as the phone book companies used to say?
According to California education requirements, learning to use a computer is a requirement. There are computer laboratories in the middle schools and first through sixth grades. If utilized safely, the computer’s access to the Internet and its seemingly limitless resources as a research and learning tool can significantly impact how well your child performs on homework and other assignments.
Online there is temptation and risk.
When children sit down at the computer, they are tempted to leave their work and divert their attention to chat, blogs, and MySpace. What wouldn’t a young person want to check out what their pals are up to, enjoy some music, and create their free webpage? One of the most alluring of these temptations is MySpace.com. Nearly every internet-savvy young person is familiar with MySpace. When they first meet a new buddy in person, they frequently ask, “What’s your MySpace?” as a way to get to know one another. One in every four of the eighth-grade pupils in a local English instructor who also works in the computer lab, she surmises, has a MySpace.
MySpace.com: Beware! Beware!
There are innumerable examples of how youngsters have used MySpace to get in trouble and endanger their lives, initially to get to know other kids their age. To assist your children in understanding how persistent and dangerous the predators are, read articles about teens who have gotten into trouble with MySpace.
Read the New York Times article about Justin Berry, a good boy who got into trouble. At 13, Justin Berry was computer savvy, lonely, and living in his room when he quickly exposed himself to innumerable pedophiles on MySpace.com. The video interview with the 18-year-old, in which he cautions others about how much his experience “messed him up,” was the scariest portion of this report.
How can you motivate your child to study, engage in worthwhile activities, and stay safe online? That’s a great question since, from their perspective, every other youngster is connecting on MySpace, sharing their favorite music, and enlarging their social network there.
Start by educating both you and your children!
*Read this CBS News report to learn how to keep children safe on MySpace.
*When your child is on MySpace, sit next to them.
*They conceal something if they change screens or shrink the website while refusing to display it to you each time you ask. If you want to know who they are conversing with and what they are saying, you’ll need software filters or a tool that monitors every keystroke, page, and website.
*Visit the Kids Safety page we created at JerSooz a few years ago for further details. You’ll find a table with links at the bottom that will help you locate the knowledge you need to protect your children online.
*To determine where they travel on your own, you can also use your browser history, chat history, cookies, and temporary internet files. On how to achieve this, see below.
Check for saved photographs: Another common practice among children is to save images from the people they interact with and the websites they like. When they are not being completely honest with you, you can use this to determine what they are interested in.
More than 2,600 instances of adults luring children online were reported by the Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 2017. Given those figures, one would assume that all parents would constantly watch over their children and demand to know what they are doing online. Check out the MySpace and Chat accounts of your children and all of their friends.
Make sure their login and password are set to automatically fill in when your youngster accesses chat and MySpace online as a courtesy to yourself. It is worthwhile to pretend you are someone else a few times to discover what kinds of conversations they are having online and with whom, even if you risk being accused of violating their privacy.
Do not reveal your identity just yet, even though you might be surprised and offended by who you are conversing with and what is said! Above all, remember that you are taking these precautions for your children’s safety. You will either discover that your child is the ideal innocent youngster who is just having fun online by doing this, or you will gather enough evidence to show that they require more boundaries, regulations, parental controls, or the Internet is turned off until they can manage it. It’s in their best interests!
Did you know that it is so simple to find your location online?
Online, you are not anonymous, and it is simple to find your address. Naturally, this implies that anyone can find their kids online at home. Additionally, it means that you are responsible for any problems your internet connection can cause.
It’s relatively easy; each internet connection has a unique number that indicates its location. IP addresses are displayed when you send an email and participate in chats. Would you like to learn how simple it is to locate someone using their IP address? Start with your IP address and check it out on the GeoBytes IP Address Locator website.