Technology Tools to Help Kids Surfing Internet Safely

For the most part, the Web is a fairly safe environment; nevertheless, a part of parenting involves children’s safety in real world applies to the cyber world as well. According to the National Center for missing and exploited children, forty five percent have been asked for personal information by someone they don’t know. Thirty percent have considered meeting and 14 percent have actually met someone that they have only talked to online.

It’s important that parents be aware of kids’ computer activity and educate kids about the online risks. Parents can also take advantage of some technology tools to control kids’ access to adult material and help protect kids from Internet predators, especially when they are not around.

Two technological options are worth considering on fighting for Internet safety; both of them have the pros and cons.

Filters are the most widely used of all the technological tools intended to protect children from exposure to inappropriate materials. They are very effective at keeping out unwanted materials. Filters can be configured to deny access to a substantial amount of adult-oriented sexually explicit material.

However there are drawbacks. A filter that is highly effective at screening out content can “over block” by filtering out acceptable material, such as health related information. Because new material comes out constantly, filters can “under block” content if responsible parties don’t update their systems timely. Content-based filtering systems aren’t subject to this problem. Parents who place a very high priority on preventing exposure to certain materials usually accept the consequences of over blocking.

Monitoring Unlike filtering, which is a prevention strategy, monitoring relies on deterrence and the possibility that a child misbehaving on the Internet will be caught. Monitoring technologies allow parents to surreptitiously or openly track their children’s Internet activities.

With monitoring, children won’t miss out on legitimate Web content, which can be mistakenly screened out by filters, but parents won’t be able to stop specific material from reaching them. There are simple technological ways to monitor children’s Internet use and to review incoming and outgoing e-mail, instant messages, and chat-room dialogues, accessed Web sites, and so on.

4 thoughts on “Technology Tools to Help Kids Surfing Internet Safely

  1. 谢谢!非常感谢你能为孩子安全上网提供了技术工具!


    [english]
    Thank you very much for providing the safety tools for children!
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    [japanese]
    子供たちの安全のための技術ツールを提供していただき、ありがとうございます。
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  2. 孩子处在发育时期,对是非的辩别能力很弱,若能用有效技术工具帮助他们,那真是太好了!


    [english]
    Children in the developmental stages are weak on identifying right and wrong things; using technology tools can help them effectively. It is really great!
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    [japanese]
    子供たちは発達段階にいますので、善悪の判断能力は非常に弱いです。技術のツールを使うのは効果的です。これは本当に素晴らしい!
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  3. 你对有关上网的全面论述,太好了!谢谢!


    [english]
    Your comprehensive post on the Internet is very good! Thank you!
    [english]
    [japanese]
    この記事のインターネットの使い方について全面的な議論は非常に良いです!ありがとうございます!
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  4. 非常感谢 xuyu 和 cao ting 的鼓励,我认为孩子需要大人的帮助和教育,不能放羊。我会继续努力,争取在孩子教育方面多做些工作。


    [english]
    I appreciate Xuyu and Caoting’s encouragement. I think that children need adults’ help and education. I will continue to try my best to do more for children’s education.
    [english]
    [japanese]
    XuyuさんとCaotingさんからの励みに非常に感謝します。私が子供たちには教育と大人からの応援が必要だと思います。子供の教育のために、私はもっと頑張ります。
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