Webwatcher Compliment - Family, Kids and the Internet
As a teenager, I said and did things with my buddies that were pretty stupid. But, we made sure that our nonsense was private and our rude words disappeared into thin air. Not so for today’s youth, many of who post questionable statements, pictures and video’s to social network sites like Facebook, Myspace and Formspring.
If teens are prone to doing stupid things then how does a parent monitor internet use when few common software products are inclined to help? One website even brags that it can help students bypass network security in order to access banned sites from school. And, amazingly, students or even graduates two or three years removed think nothing of posting questionable content to younger kids social networks not understanding or caring that their older freespirited ways may not be healthy for a younger audience. Wonderful influence, right? The same can be said for cell phones and texting.
Many working parents sign internet use agreements that spell out company policies and consequences for non compliance. Amazingly though, the same subject is avoided at home. Why should it be any different for your family?
Internet monitoring software will, among other things, permit access in a daily block schedule or, block access to questionable content. And for some young minds, that may include Facebook, Myspace or Formspring. Webwatcher by Awareness Technologies (www.webwatchernow.com) is such a tool and can be purchased inexpensively at places like Staples. Cell phone providers offer parental controls for a very low monthly fee. The thought of limiting access may be unpopular to some. The intention isn’t to shield kids from reality, rather to allow time for young minds to mature to better handle the social attraction of places like Facebook, Myspace and Formspring.