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The 6 Habits of Recovering Helicopter Parents

Are you worried that you might be a helicopter mom? Safeguarding our children is a priority for moms today but you may think you are stepping over the line.

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Too Much Profanity on the Big and Small Screen?

Television is not much better. A new study by the Parents Television Council found that broadcast networks are increasingly creating and airing programs in which sexualized and adult language is being spoken by minor-aged child actors.

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Content Filtering Based on Age

The Internet can be used as a resource for homework, education, and fun. To avoid accidental (or intentional) exposure to inappropriate material, many parents will use Internet filters; however, content...

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Internet Safety Cheat Sheet

Kids use a lot of different websites and products that can sometimes be hard to keep up with. Many of these websites have good, useful things on them.

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Internet filters are an excellent way to protect your family from the negative things found on when browsing the Internet.  Filtering can allow you to block websites by category such as pornography, gambling, violence, alcohol, or you can block specific websites from being accessed. 

Why Use An Internet Filter?

Internet filters are an excellent way to protect your family from the negative things found on when browsing the Internet.

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Any college basketball aficionado is sure to know the name of Jimmer Fredette, who played as a Senior guard for BYU last year. He won numerous national player of the year awards and was recently picked by the Sacramento Kings in the first round (#10 pick) of the draft. Partway through the 2010-11 season, Jimmer's popularity as an explosive player that could score from anywhere south of the middle court line earned him verb status. The rather raucous crowds of over twenty two thousand fans that would flock to see Jimmer play live chanted “You Got Jimmered as a taunt toward opposing teams as Jimmer dropped baskets.

Likewise, Net Nanny has been explodingly successful as an Internet filter, earning best Internet filter awards from PC Magazine, Top Ten Reviews, and numerous other media outlets. As the industry leader in Internet filtering, Net Nanny was first to introduce proxy filtering, social network monitoring, and profanity masking. Just like Jimmer, Net Nanny has been recognized in the software hall of fame with it's very own verb status. A Google search of “net nannied returns over 300,000 results. Here's just a few of the best Net-Nanny-as-a-verb examples we could find:

You Got Net Nannied!

Any college basketball aficionado is sure to know the name of Jimmer Fredette, who played as a Senior guard for BYU last year.

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Today, the Supreme Court said it won't consider reviving the Child Online Protection Act (COPA), which lower federal courts struck down as unconstitutional in 2007 and 2008.
 
COPA is a law in the U.S., passed in 1998 with the declared purpose of protecting minors from harmful sexual material on the Internet. COPA was enacted after the Supreme Court struck down a much broader law, the Communications Decency Act of 1996.  The federal courts have since ruled that COPA is in violation of the First and Fifth Amendments of the United States Constitution, and therefore have blocked it from taking effect.
 
COPA is not to be confused with Children's Online Privacy Protection Act(COPPA), which is a law that applies to the online collection of personal information by persons or entities under U.S. jurisdiction from children under 13 years of age. It details when and how to seek verifiable consent from a parent or guardian, and what responsibilities an operator has to protect children's privacy and safety online including restrictions on the marketing to those under 13.
 
The judges who have presided over the appeals, conclude that existing elective filtering technologies and parental controls are less restrictive to free speech than the 'ineffective' and 'overly broad' ban. I couldn’t agree more. If such a law was passed how would it be enforced? Who would enforce it? Who would determine what is ‘decent’ and what content is appropriate for what age?
 
The answer is quite simple. Parents, care-givers, guardians, and teachers are the frontline when it comes to protecting kids online. They need the ‘three-legged stool’ of education, legislation and technology to assist them. Education about the safety issues, solid legislation that is forward thinking and effective, and powerful technology solutions that include filtering, blocking and monitoring of a child’s online activities.
 
While it is important that we protect free speech in the U.S., it is equally important to take responsibility and protect children from harmful and inappropriate content as well. Net Nanny does both.

 

Yesterday, the Internet Safety Technical Task Force(ISTTF)publicly released its report of findings and recommendations for improving online child safety, in particular on social networking sites. I suggest that you head over and read the report yourself.

Kudos goes out to John Palfrey, Faculty Co-Director of The Berkman Center for Internet&Society at Harvard University and the members of the task force for attempting to tackle such a complex and important issue.

I had the opportunity to attend and present to the ISTTF in September 2008, and as I suspected then, the results of the task force do little to nothing to advance the issue of verification and identification of minors online.

The ISTFF concluded in its report, "Enhancing Child Safety&Online Technologies," that online bullying is the top threat to kids on the Internet and not all kids are at equal risk online. It's not the Internet itself, but the child's environment that's a real indicator of their risk, the report says: "Those who are most at risk often engage in risky behaviors and have difficulties in other parts of their lives. The psychosocial makeup of and family dynamics surrounding particular minors are better predictors of risk than the use of specific media or technologies.

Another conclusion that is obvious to many of us in the parental controls and Internet filtering industry is that today’s parental empowerment technologies combined with involved and responsible parenting, communication and education is by far the best method for protecting children online today. We understand that parental control software is simply a tool to assist parents in the layered approach to protecting their kids.

The task force could have saved it's valuable time and resources if they had simply read Adam Thierer's book "Parental Controls and Online Child Protection. It is, bar none, the most comprehensive look at today’s technologies and best practices in protecting kids online. It also comes to the same conclusion as the task force.

We need to take the “three-legged stool approach to attacking the issue of online safety and behavior, the legs being education, legislation and technology. Education is the most important. It needs to begin in the home and then we must require our government to take action in school classrooms and build awareness through traditional media. We need solid legislation that is enforceable and is not designed as a “feel good solutions. Lastly, we need to continue to invest in technologies like Net Nanny that continue to focus and keep up with the ever-changing dangers to kids on the Web, be it inappropriate contacts, conduct or content.

Taking the Task Force to Task

Yesterday, the Internet Safety Technical Task Force(ISTTF)publicly released its report of findings and recommendations for improving online child safety, in particular on social networking sites.

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