Lately the security of childern online has been a topic of discussion that is very concerning.
My children are adults now and when they were growing up, computers had really only just begun their ‘take over’ of the world. Sounds dramatic, well have a look around you. How many things in our lives are now run by computers?
My children had one second hand 486 desk top computer that I scrimped and saved to provide for them;
and they throught they were “just it” and would boast to their friends that they now had this great computer. So funny looking back, 486 – do the young people of today even know what that was?
So for a bit of nostalgia – here is what the super fast 486 computer looked like.
Now back to the serious topic of how the internet has become a massive threat to the children of today – your children or grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
It only takes a very quick Google search to find countless articles on internet threats to children.
With the ever increasing strength of the social networks that children have access to, like Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and it seems a new one attempts to launch weekly now, children are at threat of this new type of bullying, we call CyberBullying. They can be even attacked in this manner by sms on their mobile phone! Take a look at the shopping mall, or school yard, how many children have a mobile phone? And then their is the online gaming that lures children in to ‘play’ and they may end up with horror experiences to the point that we read of increasing numbers of teenage suicides that have occured due to this personalised type of bullying.
Every parents greatest fear! I remember how worried I would get if one of my sons was late home – this fear is now greatly increased as the internet makes it possible for these predators to stalk children in their homes. These child predators frequent online chat rooms, gaming rooms, and social media sites, in search of an unsuspecting child to ‘befriend’.
They could then become their next victim. How many cases do we read and hear about in the media of children that have been kidnapped, raped, molested, abused, even murdered and the investigations have linked the attacker back to an online meeting?
Ah this is getting worse as I go along!
This is when someone uses a database to stalk their victim. The social network sites are great databases to support these horrid actions. In past times, a stalker had to actually physically follow a person around but not now. With the internet the stalker can be located anywhere, and they can watch your every move via your Facebook or Twitter posts (for example) And this list continues to grow and the horrors become more and more real as part of the everyday lives of our children.
Of course the question we must ask is:
How can children be protected from these Internet Threats?
Back to the conversations I have been having about this topic that is so close to our hearts, the security of children on the internet.
A dedicated and caring group have taken this problem to heart and tackled it head on. I have had lengthy chats on the phone hearing all about the solution they have come up with. As I have mentioned before, I don’t discuss products or services on my blog unless I have had personal experience with it or someone close to me that I trust has.
I have asked a tech guy I trust to test this product and he has given me glowing comments and in fact, has said he is going to recommend it personally as well, AND I have personally known one of the creators of this product for a good number of years now – so I would like to introduce you to a product that I feel solves this problem and provides a safe internet environment for children.
It is aptly called CyberSafe247
So now I hear the questions! What is it? How much is it? Do I need to be a computer geek to use or install it? Will it keep up with the changes online? and when it comes to children, I really feel you cannot ask enough questions.
A visit to the CyberSafe247 Website provides us with a lot of answers.
So lets discuss a few of these questions.
What is it? It is a unique ‘plug and play’ wi-fi modem router that provides internet protection for your entire family.
Do I need to be a computer geek to use or install it? No, it has been designed with an easy to use interface.
At this point for those who need to know, and I know that there are the techs that have to know everything about how it works (my goodness I raised one and live with one), well you will be happy to know, there is a long tech information page that you can read. If you have any questions, please just contact the guys and they will answer them for you.
This was a BIG one I thought! The CyberSafe247 can protect your family on many online device they have: iPhones, iPads, gaming machines, laptops, desktops – now that is offering security to children!
How much is it?
The answer may stun you, I know it really surprised me. You can get this super internet security for your family for under $200. So it is extremely affordable and is available in many countries.
Now, I am not going to say now that you should rush off and buy this product. I would strongly suggest you give it thought.
Are you children at risk when they are online? Do you know what websites they are viewing and who they are chatting to? Do you know what they downloaded last night?
Have a look at the CyberSafe247 Website, do some reading, contact the guys and ask questions. Personally, I think the security and safety of children is one of the most important things we need to be concerned about as parents.