In todays world you almost can't go a day without hearing someone say Facebook, Twitter or some other social networking site. Having children makes this a cause of concern for me. There are so many different ways for social networking to be a danger, but at the same time social networking offers people an easier way to keep in contact and ways to find and make friends that they may never have connected with otherwise. So what do you do? Limit what your children can do online, install parental control programs, use monitoring programs like the one I show below or is it not a concern you have? Leave a comment on whether cyber abuse on online predators is a concern for you and what your opinion is on all the social networking being done today.
I received a trial subscription of TrueCare through a program called BzzAgent. I found that TrueCare was simple to use and could be a benefit to parents concerned with their childrens social networking. When you enroll you either set the program up using your children's Facebook, Twitter etc.. information or you send an email to your children and they activate the program. Once activated the program will send you email notifications when key phrases and words trigger the program. One tip though edit the word list to fit what you know your children and their friends use when speaking or you can get numerous notifications on harmless behaviour. Below is an email I received about TrueCare about signs showing cyber abuse and links to use for a trial subscription and TrueCare Facebook and Twitter links.
TrueCare has compiled a list of warning signs that your child might be a victim of cyber abuse. What’s cyber abuse? It’s rumors, threats, gossip or humiliation that happen through email, websites, blogs, chat rooms, text and instant messaging, or videos. Read over the list, share it with other parents and pay close attention to your child’s behavior.
10 signs your child might be a victim of cyber abuse:
1. Your child becomes secretive about what they are doing online
2. Uses computers outside of home, such as at homes of friends, Internet
cafes, or libraries
3. Has a sudden decline in homework or grades
4. Doesn’t feel well, headaches, stomach aches, nervousness
5. Is restless, has difficulty sleeping
6. Shows changes in behavior or has mood swings
7. Becomes withdrawn or displays low self-esteem
8. Does not want to go to school or socialize
9. Avoids telling you who their online friends are
10. No longer wants to use the computer or cell phone
TrueCare on TV
Let us introduce you to Mike Muir from the National Middle School Association and Alison Rhodes, an authority on safety, wellness and healthy living who’s also known as “The Safety Mom.” These two appeared on Lifetime Television’s morning talk show “The Balancing Act” to discuss cyber bullies, sexting, predators and other online dangers and how TrueCare can help parents deal with these dangers. If you missed it, click here or tune in on August 23rd at 7am (EST) to view the segment.
Click the http://www.truecare.com/bzzagent link, and you'll get a 60-day free trial. If you decide to continue their TrueCare membership, it’ll cost just $9.99 a month
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