When I started doing research about parental controls for the internet and was reading articles about the subject I was surprised.
Surprised that so many people were looking for this, but also surprised that so many people were looking for a free solution.
The internet and their online life can be just as dangerous for your kids as their normal life.
You would not look for free products to protect your child in real life!
When my children were younger the internet was not so much integrated in our lives as it is now. They used the internet for research and find information for home work.
Lately the internet plays a bigger role in our children's life.
After school they go online and share their day on social media sites like Facebook, check their emails and play games online.
This all makes it important for us parents to keep our eye in our children's on-line life and use a child internet safety kit.
Here is where the problem begins.
We want to give them their privacy, but still want to protect them from all the dangers that can harm them while being online.
Although I am a strong believer in human rights and privacy and even rights for kids, I still believe in the value of parents watching over their kids.
Especially when their it concerns their safety.
It is my personal opinion that many parents underestimate the possible risks of the things our kids are able to do online.
Here are some facts I found by typing in "how much time do kids spend online" in Google.
Quote form the New York Times:
"Those ages 8 to 18 spend more than seven and a half hours a day with such devices, compared with less than six and a half hours five years ago, when the study was last conducted. And that does not count the hour and a half that youths spend texting, or the half-hour they talk on their cellphones."
Here is what I fouind by typing in "online dangers for children" in Google.
This is a quote from NBC's program date line:"Instant messaging on the computer has become the phone for kids today. Children spend hours chatting online with their friends, and sometimes with strangers. A recent study found that one in five children online is approached by a sexual predator, a predator who may try to set up a face-to-face meeting"
This is just 2 quotes from well respected sources.
This is why we have te Child online safety kit in our program on lbl home defense products.
Here are the links if you want to read the whole study:
And here is the link to the article in the NY Times
And the NBC Dateline website
Aall you have to do is copy/paste the link in your browser to reas the whole article or just click on the link.
Eddie van Aken
Lbl Home Defense Products