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Good news about kids' online behavior

  1. 1. Good News about Kids Online BehaviorStudy shows that cyberbullying and internet harassment have declined.Study and Report about Kids Online BehaviorMcAfee, a computer security company headquartered in Santa Clara, California, hasmade a study about kids online behavior. The study, conducted by Harris Interactive,included interviews with almost 1,400 10- to 17-year-olds.The survey reported that "almost half of youth (46 percent) admit to having given outtheir personal information to someone they didnt know over the Internet," but when theybreak it down, the survey reveals that "when they do reveal personal information online,youth are most likely to share their first name (36 percent), age (28 percent), and/or e-mail address (19 percent). Only around 1 in 10 have given out slightly more personalinformation like a photo of themselves, their school name, last name, cell phone number,or a description of what they look like. And its also reassuring to read in the study reportthat "youth draw the line at giving out personally identifiable information such as theirparents names, home address, or school address, and virtually no teens report havinggiven out their Social Security number."When it comes to cyberbullying, the report also paints a more optimistic picture thanweve seen from some other studies. Only 11 percent admit to ever engaging in someform of cyberbullying behavior. Even though the press release about the report says"Cyberbullying on the rise," the report itself shows that the percentage of teens reportingthat they have "ever been bullied or harassed online decreased substantially from 15percent in 2008 to 8 percent in 2010. Far from an increase, thats an impressive 47percent decline in two years.The press release on the report also says that "Nearly 50 Percent of Teens Dont KnowWhat to Do if Cyberbullied," yet the report itself says that "1 in 4 teens say they wouldntknow what to do if they were bullied or harassed online" and that a "a significantly higher
  2. 2. proportion disagree with this statement in 2010 than in 2008, suggesting that teens maynow be better equipped to handle cyberbullying."It further points out that "many youth who have been bullied or harassed online say theyhave made some adjustments to their online behavior as a result (72 percent)."What should parents do to keep childrens internetsecurity?Even though we are glad to see the good news that the cyberbullying, online predator,internet harassment is on decline, we still can never relax our vigilance about the kidsinternet security. Children often lack the maturity and social judgment necessary to actresponsibly in the unsupervised, anonymous free for the entire internet. They are alwaysat the risk of encountering the online dangers. Help them protect themselves.Internet Security Tips for Kids Online Behavior:1 Encourage kids to keep passwords secret• Dont reveal passwords to others• Protect recorded passwords• Never provide your password over email or in response to an email request• Do not type passwords on computers that you do not control2 Help your kids use social networking safely• Communicate with kids about their experiences• Establish Internet rules
  3. 3. • Teach your children never meet anyone in person that theyve communicated withonline only• Encourage your children to communicate with people they already know.• Teach your children about cyberbullying3 If your kids blog, make sure they dont reveal too much• Screen what your kids plan to post before they post it• Evaluate the blogging service and find out if it offers private, password-protected blogs• Save the web address of your childs blog and review it on a regular basis• Check out other blogs to find positive examples for your kids to emulate4 Beware of online fraud• Never share personal information• Log off in public• Create secure passwords and keep them secret• Use only secure sitesParental Control Software Solution to Ensure KidsInternet Security:SurveilStar Parental Control Software is specially designed for parents to monitor andcontrol kids computer activity and online behavior and keep them far away from anyonline dangers.
  4. 4. Besides the internet security tips for kids you should know, a computer controlling tool isalso essential to assist you to construct a healthy and safe internet environment for kids.SurveilStar Any Parental Control is a strongly recommended.Main Features of SurveilStar Any Parental ControlSoftware:• Screen Snapshots TakingTake the real-time screen snapshot of your kids computer. It makes you keep a close eyeon all your kids online behaviors anywhere anytime.• Email RecordingRecord the email sent & received. Filter out the unwanted Emails and stop the spams thatpossibly spread internet threats like the advertisement of porn or gambling sites.• IM/Chat ControllingRecord all the instant message of your children in chat rooms. Keep you know what theyare talking, who they are talking to. Thus you can stop the action and take immediatemeasures if your kids meet the online predators or other internet threats in the chat room.• Website Visit MonitoringHave a history record of the visited websites. Block some specific websites which maycontain contents or images of sex, violence or strong language or hate speech. You cancreate lists of unacceptable websites and allow access to all others.buynow Download
  5. 5. Download Any Parental Control software to monitor your kids online activities, andhave a better idea of their online behavior.