Do you really know what your children view online?

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  • ryanmiller jacksonville, FL
    Dec. 28, 2012 1:36 p.m.

    Thanks to Sniper Spy monitoring software I have a pretty good idea of what is happening on the PC. You simply install the software on the PC and monitor from any online PC or smart phone to monitor. I love it.

  • Demisana South Jordan, UT
    July 5, 2012 11:51 a.m.

    You do your best. We use Windows Live Family Safety - so I get a report every week showing me what sites the kids have visited, and I have some control over what types of sites they can visit (and I know it's far from perfect). Our teens have cell phones but only calling/texting ones, not smart phones - and I disabled any internet access separately on our cell phone account. All computers have to be used in the family room, including laptops. Kids have standard accounts, not administrator access, and don't have any other passwords. We teach the kids as best we can, and show them articles on what can happen when the rules aren't followed, so they understand why we have the rules we do.

    Life has risks. You can't guarantee they won't run out into the street, that teens will buckle up or follow traffic rules, that they will date safely or anything else.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    July 5, 2012 10:18 a.m.

    what you say is true
    however I still put filtering software on my computers.
    And I still lock up my house and car when I am away. Even though it is not a 100% guarantee.
    Plus, I have a few tricks up my sleeve, that I do not tell the kids about.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    July 5, 2012 9:14 a.m.

    The answer is no, you don't know what your children are viewing online. For every piece of internet protection software out there, there's a way around it. For every computer in a high-traffic area, there's a friend with one that's hidden.

    The only true protection a parent has against the unsavory aspects of the internet is education. Teach them early what's right and wrong online and the integrity to stick to what's right. You can't rely on a fallible software package to do your parenting for you.

  • PGVikingDad Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 5, 2012 7:12 a.m.

    Even when a computer is kept in a high-traffic area, it is still a good idea to install password-protected filtering software to prevent access to unsavory sites, intentional or no.

  • MyChildrensKeeper Taylorsville, UT
    July 5, 2012 4:04 a.m.

    The only way to monitor what children are doing on the internet/online has elevated to the ability of the cell phones that bypass parental controls so the accuracy of this study is far from correct. I would guess that children are near 100% of exploitation by world wide access beyond parental controls. Computers in the home are never used anymore, they get all the access they need from the handset PDA phones parents give them.

    It's time to put internet and social network limits on cell phones as well, even possible taking them out of the hand of children and making it illegal for anyone under 19 from possessing or using a cell phone without parents supervision.

    Schools and libraries supply all the education materials children need and cell phones are just weapons to be exploited by predatory industry, peers, and friends. Parents complain about their children being preyed on yet they do nothing to stop the predators. Take away their cell phones that would also save hundreds of lives in teen car accidents. Parents have the responsibility to stop predation of their children and if they don't then they have no one else to blame.