Despite all the merits of the
internet, parents consider it a threat. Web
conscious parents are worried about the hazards
of the increasing unethical and immoral
activities online. Some parents are simply
concerned that their children are spreading too
much time connected to the Net. There are a
number of ways children can be educated to
utilize their time in a constructive manner -
laying all your doubts to rest.
Netiquette for kids:
Most young kids connect to the
internet for entertainment. Bearing this in
mind, parents can draft ground rules for
Young kids must be made aware
that passwords are a matter of high security. In
any case, they should not reveal it to anyone
they meet online or offline.
Installing anti-virus software to
keep the computer free of viruses is important
for both of you.
Set limits on your child. Make
sure they do not give out any personal
information including, date of birth, phone
number, home address, school name etc while they
chat or email.
Explain to your child that
Net-based friendship are based on the false
declaration of identity. you never know who is
on the other side of the computer.
Keep in close proximity to your
child while he is chatting so that you can
monitor his/her activity.
Never allow kids to meet alone
with their Net friends. Predator often meet kids
and teens alone after striking up an innocent
conservation in a chat room.
Chatting is popular among
youngsters. They feel comfortable expressing
themselves with a number of anonymous people,
often acquainting with who they see is a 'Net
buddy'. Kids are constantly in danger of
becoming friends with predators posing as Net
buddies. These predators are skilled enough to
win the confidence of your child without coming
into your notice. So how can you protect your
kids? Instead of imposing a ban on chatting; it
is better for you to permit your kids to visit
chat rooms that they are recommended for them.
Kidscom offers a fun and safe
chatting service. this colorful and lively
website offers thousands of positive activities
for kids between 4 to 15. These activities
comprise of games, music, making new friends and
other creative exercises. Along with your kid,
you can too join the kidscom club. This club has
large number of members from 120 countries. To
become a registered member, parents need to
submit their email address along with their
child's email address. Registered members are
allowed to use kidscom chat and kidscom "find
key pal" programs. The kidscom staff monitors
Sending and receiving email is a
hot favorite pursuit among young kids and teens.
Normally, it is hard task for parents to explore
their child's inbox. Software developers make
this task easy. internet monitoring software not
only spy on your kid's email but also give you a
complete report of your child's online
One such useful software is "I am
Big Brother". As the name suggests, the software
can monitor all online activities including
inbox chat and instant messengers, websites
viewed, and screen capturing functions. A trial
version of the software is available at the
official website. The software can detect all
sorts of in programs such as Yahoo, AOL,
Hotmail, Outlook Express and instant messenger
services. The main screen is dicided into four
categories. parents can click on any date from
the calendar given on the main screen to observe
recent web surfing. If your kids like chatting
programs like MSN, ICQ, and yahoo, then see the
Guard against spammers:
Your kid's personal email address
can bring gigantic problems in the form of spam
or junk e-mail. Spammers are active enough to
fetch teen email addresses for bulletin board
services and websites which have access to your
web browser via cookies.
There are several types of spam.
Spam messages can carry web addresses of
pornographic websites; it could expose your
child at any kind of product. Spam can carry
vicious viruses to destruct your personal date
or most probably it has "good news" for your
kids: 'Guess what, you've just won a million
dollars. Click here to claim the money'.
Obviously, this is just another hoax to get more
information out of your child.
To tackle spam, instruct your
child not to download any file attachments that
come over email until he or she knows its
objective and the senders identity. It will
protect your computer data from Trojan attacks
ad deadly viruses.
Your child must know that he or
she should never reply any spam message because
it will certify his or her address and identity.
if possible hunt down spammers by reporting them
to your ISP. There are many anti-spam software's
Restrict websites and Ads:
Filtering software makes it easy
for parents to stop their children from viewing
harmful websites. One such software is kidsnet
which is a highly sophisticated filtering
program for parents peace of mind. This
filtering mechanism is developed and controlled
be web experts. These experts divide websites
into different categories based on Childs mental
and physical allocate passwords for their kids
to visit permitted websites.
A number of websites encourage
vulgar ads and pop-ups to attract more visitors.
To protect your child, install Net Nanny's (netnanny.com)
ad-free software. The software consumes 4 MB on
your hard disk and blocks unwanted ads from its
three blocking filters.
You can also keep a track of your
kid through the History folder (ctrl+h) of
Internet Explorer. The history folder gives you
access to previously visited web pages. A Blank
history folder reveals that your child is trying
to hide something from your.
You protect your kid from "porn
predator websites", teach him to close browsers
windows using ctrl+w command. This command stops
the cycle of opening unwanted pornographic
To getting rid of unsolicited
emails, upgrade your browser. Old web browsers
are unable to provide appropriate security and
privacy settings. Microsoft Internet Explorer
6.0 offers many security alerts features. Do the
Open Tools and select Internet
Now click on the Privacy tab and
scroll the slider to low.
Scroll up the slider to set
privacy settings to high level only to block
cookies from all websites including first party
websites (currently viewing websites).
Cookies can also help parents to
track their kid's online activities. These are
stored in your hard disk by websites you visit.
If you find the History empty, follow:
Open "Tools" and select "Internet
On the "General tab", choose
"Settings" of Temporary Internet Files option.
Click on "View files" to find out
Internet address of visited websites
So parents, be on your guard and
give your kids the protection they need to surf
smart in cyberspace!