child internet safety: The Smart Parent Guide to Digital Literacy - 11/27/19 06:43 AM
If you are the parent of a child or teen who uses the internet, here are some stats you need to know:
Stats About Teens and the Internet
Teens think that the internet is mostly private They also think that they can make the best decisions for their life online They believe they are safe online and that people are who they say they are They don’t feel at risk if “friending” perfect strangers They feel like since they are probably better at understanding technology, they can make better decisions than their parents about what’s best practice for online behavior These are … (6 comments)

child internet safety: YouTube's Spoon Feeding Pedophiles Kids Home Videos - 10/29/19 12:12 PM
YouTube uses a recommendation algorithm to help people view things they’d like to see. Recently, the algorithm seemingly encouraged pedophiles (YouTube would have no way of knowing this) to watch videos of children playing at home, videos that the family members uploaded.
A report from the New York Times detailed how YouTube had been exploiting minor children through the automated recommendation system. According to the report, researchers at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard were studying the influence of YouTube in Brazil. This was when they noticed the alarming issue. The experiment used a server, which followed YouTube … (21 comments)

child internet safety: Young Kids Getting Sexually Exploited Online More Than Ever Before - 06/18/19 06:13 AM
An alarming new study is out, and if you are a parent, you should take note…children as young as 8-years old are being sexually exploited via social media. This is a definite downturn from past research, and it seems like one thing is to blame: live streaming.
YouTube serves up videos of kids, in clothing, that pedophiles consume and share as if it is child porn. It’s gotten so bad that YouTube has had to disable the comments sections of videos with kids in them.
Apps like TikTok are very popular with younger kids, and they are also becoming more popular for the … (1 comments)

child internet safety: How to Use your Mobile as a Child Locator - 08/10/16 11:32 PM
How many times have you read, or at least caught a headline, of the latest high profile missing child case? How many stories have we heard about the kid who got lost on a hike? His body was found several miles from where he’d been last seen, concluding a several-day search.
What if he had had an iPhone on his person at the time he wandered off in the middle of some vast woods? Sure he could call, but then what? Android and iPhones have a “find my phone” feature that a parent can track down a lost child with—provided that this … (4 comments)

child internet safety: Prevent Child Identity Theft - 03/16/16 11:49 PM
Here’s one for the know-it-alls: Kids are 35 percent more likely to become victims of identity theft than are adults. Betcha didn’t know that! This startling news comes from a 2015 Javelin Strategy & Release study.
Needless to say, the bulk of parents aren’t on top of this problem, unaware that thieves go after children’s SSNs like two-year-olds grabbing at candy. Thieves know that kids (and their parents) don’t monitor their credit reports. Thieves know that they can get away with their crime all throughout the victim’s childhood until they start applying for college, credit cards, etc., at age 18 or so. That’s … (11 comments)

child internet safety: How to freeze your Child’s Credit - 03/07/16 10:08 PM
Identity thieves are after children’s Social Security numbers. With this number, a thief can do so many things like open a credit card account and rent an apartment. Kids’ SSNs have great appeal to crooks because:
A child’s record is usually very clean. This means fertile opportunities for new credit lines. Kids usually don’t check their credit reports and thus the fraud can go undetected for years. Parents should consider putting a freeze on their kids’ credit. Simply getting the credit monitored will not prevent thieves from opening accounts using the child’s SSN. A freeze does literally that: blocks a fraudster from doing … (0 comments)

child internet safety: Is your Daughter chatting with a Pedophile? - 12/21/15 09:57 PM
That’s a horrible question to ask. There is a very alarming report on nbcsandiego.com, about a dad who regularly checked on his kids in the middle of the night, and one night at 2 a.m., upon checking his 12-year-old daughter’s room, saw that she was gone. The window was open.
He fled down the street where he saw her just about to get into an SUV, which turned out to be driven by a 27-year-old man the girl had met online a month prior. The predator’s name is Scott Stilwell, and he insisted to dad Tim LeBlanc that he was 16.
A fight … (5 comments)

 
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