It is essential for kids to know what the rules are. However, many parents aren’t even sure exactly what the rules are in the house. Establishing a set of internet rules helps kids understand the importance of having boundaries and limits. Kids look for adults to learn about appropriate and acceptable behaviors and having a written internet use contract helps make this clear to children.
The CMD Group has put a Family Internet Use Contract together to help you define some of these rules. Making your children aware of the rules helps to protect them in many situations you would not otherwise discuss.
Just remember… Rules are not good unless they have a consequence. You have total control over what this should be, just remember… Your child’s life could depend on it.
As a user of Facebook, you should have received an email about updates to the Data Use Policy and Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. No one ever wants to read these policies… But, in this day and age, it is pretty important to understand a little of what it says. Let’s take a look at some of the policies of the Data Use Policy. This is very important to YOU and YOUR FAMILY. I have copied some of the important parts of this policy for you to review. Everyone should take the time to read the complete policy. As you know, based on public articles, Facebook is one of the tech companies that is currently providing user data to the NSA. Does it matter? Let’s take a look at what they are collecting about you…
From the Data Use Policy… (actual text in italics)
Information we receive about you
Other information we receive about you
Public information (When we use the phrase “public information” (which we sometimes refer to as “Everyone information”), we mean the information you choose to make public, as well as information that is always publicly available.)
Choosing to make your information public also means that this information:
NOW, HERE IS A KEY…
How we use the information we receive – We use the information we receive about you in connection with the services and features we provide to you and other users like your friends, our partners, the advertisers that purchase ads on the site, and the developers that build the games, applications, and websites you use.
Here is a very interesting article from Fox News (yeah, right wing) that exposes a truth that I do not believe many people are going to catch on to. It wasn’t but just a couple months ago that the NSA was saying “we are not collecting information on all email” and, they were also claiming they were NOT collecting information on all cell phone use. However…
In this article, the NSA source speaking on behalf of the NSA to Fox News says “The statement said the programs as a whole have helped defend the nation, and that as of 2008, “there were over 300 terrorists captured using intelligence generated from XKEYSCORE.” ” Now, in previous interviews, the NSA has said that the new database was not yet functional. Now, they are saying that they have captured over 300 terrorists? Hmmm…
Also, read this closely… “Meanwhile, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declassified a set of documents on Wednesday that begin to shed light on the authorization and rules behind the agency’s phone and Internet record collection.
The documents stress that these programs allow the government to collect basic information about phone calls and email communications, but not the content of those messages. They say most of the information “is never reviewed,” while describing the programs as vital to the “early warning system” for detecting terror plots.”
Think about this for a moment… They are capturing the information, but cannot use the content (they have the content as well). And, again, it was just a few months ago that the NSA was saying they were not collecting ALL information on phone calls and emails.
Draw your own conclusion.
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The attached document was prepared to help you research Family Protection software, set your security settings on Facebook and manage your personal information on 411.com, yellowpages.com, etc.
If you have any questions or issues, please do not hesitate to CONTACT US with any questions. We will gladly help you.
Communications is one of the most important foundations to keeping a good relationship with your children. Everyone has seen kids that are so attached to their smartphone, or their computer, that they don’t seem to know how to communicate. As a parent it is very important for your to keep communications open, and to keep a view of what your kids are doing on the internet.
Keep communications open and start a discussion with your child about what they are doing online. Here are some good questions you should ask regularly:
Be safe and be blessed!