When you prevent children from socially interacting online, you hinder their ability to progress emotionally; to intellectual keep up with the progressive rhythm of this digital age. Anne Collier of Net Family News refers to this as Internal Safeguards. The steps that parents and caretakers take to instill traits that improve with age wherever the child may go, digitally and physically. External safeguards, like chat filters help to create a healthy and engaging online environments, but are merely tools.
Parenting has changed drastically in the past decade. Instead of dinner bells ringing children home, they now have cell phones. Social media has become an obsession and a favorite past time. With the changes in technology, changes in parenting become necessary.
You can keep your child safe in the social media age with a few tips to help you stay up to speed with today’s technology and your child’s plugged-in world.
We here at Inversoft take children’s online safety seriously. We continuously work to update and develop new solutions to keep up with the ever expanding, trend changing world of ours. Our commitment is solely based on providing the safest and most engaging online experience for every age and demographic while providing the online property the means to protect their brand and user at the same time.
Many questions arise on how to educate the younger generation as well as the parent in best practices when engaging online. With so many avenues and resources, it can be difficult to find the best and most receptive approach.
Inversoft is extremely happy to announce a source of information that will engage, teach, and entertain.
Disney has teamed with Common Sense Media to help kids and tweens understand the importance of online safety while providing families with the ‘tips and tools’ to safely navigate the digital world. The hit series “Dog With A Blog” will be airing an episode directed around online safety.
The episode “My Parents Posted What?!,” shines light on the importance of understanding social networks and the repercussions that can occur when practical jokes go south.
It is difficult to talk about profanity filters without a common vocabulary among industry participants. People looking for technology solutions will benefit from standardization of filter names, as well as some clarity around what distinguishes each type of filter. We’re going to name those profanity filters, explain each, and give some examples using screen shots. Here are the filter types: Black List Filtering, Free Form White List Filtering, Restricted Entry White List Filtering, Menu Messaging, and Bozo Filtering.
Black List Filtering
This filter allows the user to type any message they want except for words and phrases that are on the black list. Some communities also disallow characters such as numbers and some forms of punctuation like !,.@$?\ and |. Once the user types and submits their message, it is sent to the server to be processed by the filter; acceptable content is posted in the community, but restricted content is returned with a predetermined response, which might include replacing the letters with stars, blocking the message altogether or blocking the message from presentation in the community, but displaying it in the author’s message stream (bozo filter).
Example: The message is blocked and a warning screen is displayed
“When we were growing up, our parents were able to monitor our social activity by observing our interactions: reading a letter, listening to a phone call, or watching a social interaction at a house or gathering. Fast forward to present day. Now we are parents, and monitoring our children’s social interactions is a whole lot more complicated than listening to the conversation they are having on the phone in the next room.”
Social networks like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr, to name a few, can introduce an overwhelming learning curve for anyone new to the scene. So why should you, the parent, take the time to understand how these platforms work? Why should you understand how your child uses these social networks?
What You Don’t Know, CAN Hurt You
When your child is online, they are talking, sharing and engaging with friends, family and strangers. Not knowing how your child uses social networks, what information they are sharing online, and who they are talking to can be a dangerous mix. The danger lies in the transfer of information, how easily that information can be obtained and how easily it can be hidden.
Have you ever seen the parent that walks around with blinders on, listening to the angry stories their friends and other parents share about their child’s deception, but not thinking critically about his/her own child?