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Monitoring kids’ cyber usage has become easier than ever, thanks to the latest technology. Whether you’re trying to protect youngsters from viewing or sending adult material or wondering if they’re being approached by predators online, here are a few programs that will surely help you.
Let’s start off with the mother of all cyber monitoring programs: Net Nanny. Nowadays, keeping track of which websites the little ones are visiting isn’t enough. There’s a myriad of social media activity on Facebook, Twitter, and other sites that you need to be aware of as well. What I love about Net Nanny is that it has a social media component specially dedicated to these sites. By logging onto Net Nanny’s site with your subscription, you can see your kids’ photo updates and their friends’ activities. The program will even help identify language considered cyber bullying.
Another great asset is WebWatcher. You simply download it onto the device you want to monitor and it will record all online activity, unnoticed by the user. From a web-based account, you can then see all the recorded data. You can even receive email notifications every time language you’ve deemed offensive is mentioned. What I find incredible about this program is that it lets you see every keystroke typed on the device, even if it was then deleted!
My Mobile Watchdog
Let’s not forget that kids also have access to the Internet on a number of devices, including their phones. Several programs now exist that will help you keep your children away from certain danger on their cells. One of them is My Mobile Watchdog, which can block websites on your children’s phones and even disable apps on it, including the camera. It also has the ability of blocking instant messaging apps such as AIM. On the program’s website, you can even see a list of all the different websites your child tried to access. You can also receive instant alerts on your phone.
These are just a few of the tools available to help us monitor kids’ cyber usage. What programs do you use?