Archive for February, 2010
Justin Coulson writes a great blog called Happy Families. If you are not reading it, I high recommend it. He has great advice from the Land Down Under.
His blog from today mentions KidsEmail.org. You can read it here.
Add comment February 23, 2010
“It’s like Inviting Pedophiles Into Your Home” –Internet Safety.
This was the recent headline on a column in the Huffington Post. It sounds extreme, but it’s true. Pedophiles don’t often break into your home and hurt your children. They like to take the easy route and hide behind their computer screens.
Read the full article here:
Add comment February 22, 2010
Back in the 80’s there was a popular saying, “It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?” The premise behind the saying was that we should be watching our kids all the time. But in the 80’s parents could have never imagined the Internet and the dangers that it can bring.
As much as we would like to have our eyes on our kids every minute of every day, it’s not possible. KidsEmail.org is one tool you can use to keep your kids safe from online dangers.
Add comment February 19, 2010
You read that right. That was an actual headline in the Boston Globe this month. Here’s the back story:
A man in California was sending a 13-year-old girl sexually explicit messages. The Supreme Judicial Court in Massachusetts ruled that instant messages were not covered under the current law.
What do you think? Here’s a link to the story so that you can read other comments.
Add comment February 16, 2010
Add comment February 10, 2010
I am talking about the kind of spam that tells you that you have chosen as the winner of an X-Box or that you can lose 10 pounds today. I talk a lot about howKidsEmail.org protects our kids from predators, but we also shield your children from spam peddlers.
Kids are apt to believe anything sometimes—they are kids. One day my son and I were playing a game online when an annoying pop-up claimed that we were one of 10 people selected to win an X-Box. All we had to do was click on the ad. My son was about to jump out of of his skin thinking we had really won something. He pointed out that the ad said, “this is not a joke.” He was totally convinced we were big winners. Until they understand the difference between legitimate advertising and spam, our kids need a filter.
I realize that people need to market their products. I don’t object to legitimate marketing efforts. But senseless spam is annoying. Oh, and just to show you what I am talking about, here’s a comment I deleted from our blog comments:
“I enjoyed the article and thanks because of posting such valuable paperback to the bathroom to all of us to skim.”
I am glad I can post valuable paperback for you.
Add comment February 9, 2010
Social networking is becoming a popular tool for parents and children to share photos and information about their life. It’s also become a popular place for sex offenders to search for new victims. In New York, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo announced that more than 3,500 sex offenders from his state were found on the popular sites Facebook and MySpace. Both companies deleted the accounts.
While laws prohibit sex offenders from logging onto social networks, many are still able to establish accounts using aliases and public computers. Both sites ban children under the age of 13 from having accounts.
Add comment February 6, 2010
As a child in the 70s (ooops, I am telling my age), a lot of emphasis was placed on playing outside. Kids seem to be getting away from outdoor activity. A new study from the Kaiser Foundation, kids between the ages of 7 and 18 spend more than seven and a half hours a day using some form of media, including the computer. When you consider that school is about seven hours a day and they do need to sleep that leaves time for little else.
Much of that time on the computer could be doing school work. The study does show that kids are spending more time online.
That’s why it is so important to have safety measures in place for when your kids are online. If you have any questions about KidsEmail.org or internet safety, please ask us.
Here’s a link to the article.
Add comment February 3, 2010