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rulesIt is oh so important for parents to know what their children are doing on the internet.  Yes, they may be in the presence of their parents, but do you really see what they are doing while they are on the internet?  Do you realize what sites they are using?  Are you SURE the search they just ran on Google does not include porn?  

Take a few moments and watch this video.

Set up some simple rules for your kids to follow while they’re using the Internet.  Here are some suggestions for you to consider:

  • Follow the rules you set, as well as those set by your Internet service provider.
  • Never trade personal photographs in the mail or scanned photographs over the Internet.
  • Never reveal personal information, such as address, phone number, or school name or location. Use only a screen name. Never agree to meet anyone from a chat room in person.
  • Never respond to a threatening email or message.
  • Always tell a parent about any communication or conversation that was scary.
  • If your child has a new “friend,” insist on being “introduced” online to that friend.

Communicate with your children parents.  It could mean more than you want to imagine.  Be safe and be blessed!

FB-BannerOnline tools are available that will let you control your kids’ access to adult material and help protect them from Internet predators. No option is going to guarantee that they’ll be kept away from 100% of the risks on the Internet. So it’s important to be aware of your kids’ computer activities and educate them about online risks.

Many Internet service providers (ISPs) provide parent-control options to block certain material from coming into a computer. You can also get software that helps block access to certain sites based on a “bad site” list that your ISP creates. Filtering programs can block sites from coming in and restrict personal information from being sent online. Other programs can monitor and track online activity. Also, make sure your kids create a screen name to protect their real identity. 

For more information on the different options in protecting your children, AND YOURSELF, click here.

Be safe and be blessed!

 

Screen20A federal law, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), was created to help protect kids online. It’s designed to keep anyone from obtaining a child’s personal information without a parent knowing about it and agreeing to it first.

COPPA requires websites to explain their privacy policies on the site and get parental consent before collecting or using a child’s personal information, such as a name, address, phone number, or Social Security number. The law also prohibits a site from requiring a child to provide more personal information than necessary to play a game or participate in a contest.

But even with this law, your kids’ best online protection is you. By talking to them about potential online dangers and monitoring their computer use, you’ll help them surf the Internet safely.

One thing important to remember…  COPPA is a Federal Law.  While the internet is world wide, not all users and websites will follow COPPA.

For more information on COPPA, CLICK HERE.

Be safe and be blessed!

 It is essential to take an active role in protecting your kids from Internet predators and sexually explicit materials online. To do that:

  • Become computer literate and learn how to block objectionable material.Screen68b
  • Keep the computer in a common area, not in individual bedrooms, where you can watch and monitor its use.
  • Share an email account with your child so you can monitor messages.
  • Bookmark kids’ favorite sites for easy access.
  • Spend time online together to teach your kids appropriate online behavior.
  • Forbid your child from entering private chat rooms; block them with safety features provided by your Internet service provider or with special filtering software. Be aware that posting messages to chat rooms reveals a user’s email address to others.
  • Monitor your credit card and phone bills for unfamiliar account charges.
  • Find out what, if any, online protection is offered by your child’s school, after-school center, friends’ homes, or anyplace where kids could use a computer without your supervision.
  • Take your child seriously if he or she reports an uncomfortable online exchange.
  • Forward copies of obscene or threatening messages you or your kids get to your Internet service provider.
  • Call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678 if you’re aware of the transmission, use, or viewing of child pornography online. Contact your local law enforcement agency or the FBI if your child has received child pornography via the Internet.

For more information on how to protect yourself and your children, CONTACT THE CMD GROUP and take a few minutes to WATCH OUR VIDEO on Knowledge, Wisdom and the Internet.

Be safe and be blessed!

I grew up in an age that “bullying” was a part of what made you tough.  You took it, you brushed it off, you moved on.cyberbullying

That does not necessarily apply in this day and age.  Is it the anonymity of the electronics age we live in?  You can say something without having to look the person you are “talking to” in the eye?  Or, is it the degradation of our society in which what was unacceptable years ago is now the norm?  Or..  Is it both?

No matter why, it is real.  It is happening and we (parents) need to be aware.  Not only do parents need to be aware, but teens need to let their parents know when it is happening.  Yeah, yeah, that’s not cool.  Well, neither is what this ‘Cyber-Bullying’ leads to.  Here are some statistics for you to consider:

Despite the potential damage of cyber bullying, it is alarmingly common among adolescents and teens. According to Cyber bullying statistics from the i-SAFE foundation:

    • Over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.
    • More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online.
    • Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.
    • Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs.

Parents, this needs to be addressed with your teen, and pre-teen.  Take a few moments and discuss with them what is and what is not acceptable.

Be safe and be blessed!

instagramHere is a very serious update that EVERYONE needs to be aware of.  Anyone using Instagram needs to understand how serious this is, of course, if you take your photos seriously.  There are lots of “fine print” in the terms of use by most websites that users do not take the time to read.  Rights to use YOUR material that YOU post is a huge issue that many people do not understand.

“For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License).” – by Elizabeth Potts Weinstein

When you post content on Facebook, for instance, you are giving Facebook a license to use your content.  

I want to make a special note here… When this TOU for Instagram goes into effect, the only way you can “opt out” is to delete your account. There is not “Security Setting” or “Opt Out” for this condition.

 If this works for Instagram, be prepared…  This will become a big money maker for websites and will spread.

Read the full story on Instagram by Fox News here.

 

Be safe and be blessed!