Monitoring internet and social media activity for families is a sponsored post in collaboration with Net Nanny and A+V Media#NNSummer.
As we enter summer and the probability that my children will be spending more time than ever online, I am forced to open my eyes to online safety. I will admit I have not made the most out of protecting my children, I naively felt my presence was enough to hinder any internet traps. I was introduced to Net Nanny, a software monitoring internet and social media so you don’t have to. Net Nanny filters, monitors, and blocks unsafe material on everyone’s devices while allowing my family to safely access to the Internet.
According to a recent study, only 1 in 3 parents have used parental controls to monitor or limit their child’s Internet usage.
What an amazing world we live in where the internet at our fingertips can do so much for us. As an adult, I have embraced and depend on the internet to benefit me in tons of aspects of my life. Even at my age the dangers of the internet exist. It’s a shame that the internet is tainted for our children, but thanks to Net Nanny we can control our families internet safety. I have been trolled by people who hide behind their computers and even stumbled upon things I hadn’t intended on. There have been instances where I sit back and pray my children don’t ever have to deal with online predators and trolls or even stumble on something they shouldn’t see.
82% of children are exposed to inappropriate content before age 11.
As my children entered school age, my husband and I made the decision to homeschool our children. We quickly found that the internet would be a huge part of their lives – more so once they passed elementary age. Our children are currently 5, 7 and 15 years old. The boys are part of an online schooling program. There are many benefits to homeschooling online and having virtual teachers, but then there are some pitfalls we are forced to worry about. At this point all of our children have their own desktop computers and each has an iPad. They can work at home or from anywhere with the convenience of their iPads. Then we have free time where my younger children want to play minecraft, Roblox and Animal Jam. My fifteen year old wants to upload to youtube, play online with his friends and (oy) the phone that is attached to his hand.
43% of teens were victims of cyberbullying in the past year.
Internet safety has become real for our family. It’s nerve racking to give my children space to enjoy their online time, because I worry about what they can fall into. As much as I trust my children, I know that I need to monitor them. I don’t want to be that parent who is oblivious to what is going on, or ignore the fact that pornography, online predators, cyber bullying, and other threats exist. We started them navigating the online world with daily limits, keeping all electronics out of their rooms and desktops put in a communal space. This alone is not even close to protecting my children.
82% of online sex crimes originated from social networking sites that predators use to gain insight into their victim’s habits and likes.
Our family has turned to Net Nanny to protect each of our children from pornography, online predators, cyber bullying, and other threats that compromise their online safety.
Over 50% of kids, between the age of 10-17, have posted risky comments or photos online.
Net Nanny filters, monitors, and blocks unsafe material while allowing your family to access to the Internet. Net Nanny does not just block a list of web sites, it scans and analyzes each web site to determine if it is appropriate based on your personal customization. Net Nanny can be set to mask profanity but let the site pass.
8 out of 10 teens had friends who tempted them to share inappropriate content of pictures on social media.
Monitoring Internet and Social Media For Families
5 Things We Can Do
Technology can be a great tool and fun as long as we as parents make it safe for our children.
- Set a good example with our own internet behaviors. Out to dinner, driving and family outings are a good time to practice the no looking at your phone rule. Lead by example and stay off your phone.
- Designate family time with no technology. Meal time in our home, means no technology at the table.
- Add Net Nanny Software to all devices. The parental controls allow you to filter and block violence and porn. Weekly reports will show what sites are being attempted to access.
- Set daily limits using Net Nanny. Net Nanny allows you to set parental controls on time management. No more fighting with your children on how long they have to be on their devices.
- Designate a technology charging station out of bedrooms and in a communal space. Set a time where all devices must be off and charging.
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