Monitoring internet and social media activity for families is a sponsored post in collaboration with Net Nanny and A+V Media#NNSummer.
My children will be spending more time than ever online this summer as they have become more involved in online gaming and love to research. I am forcing myself to take a deep look at our families online safety. I naively felt my presence in the room was enough to hinder internet traps. I’d like to introduce you to Net Nanny, it is a software monitoring program for the internet and social media. Net Nanny filters, monitors, and blocks unsafe material on everyone’s devices while allowing everyone to safely access 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 can do so much for us. As an adult, I have embraced and depend on the internet to benefit my business and keeping up with my family and friends. Even at my age the dangers of the internet exist. I have been trolled by people who hide behind their computers and even stumbled upon things I hadn’t intended on. It’s alarming to think my children are being exposed to these same dangers. With Net Nanny I have an extra form of protection against online predators and the fear my children will stumble on inappropriate content.
82% of children are exposed to inappropriate content before age 11.
As my children entered elementary school we quickly found that the internet was already becoming a huge part of their lives. At this point, all of our children have their own iPads and we have one family desktop. They use these to help with homework, play games and watch videos.
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 navigate the internet and 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, cyberbullying, and other threats exist. We have daily limits, keep all electronics out of their rooms and our desktop 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, cyberbullying, 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 websites, it scans and analyzes each web site to determine if it is appropriate based on your personal customization.
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. Mealtime 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.
Access the 15 day free trial of Net Nanny today.
Net Nanny software is available for Windows (with support for Windows Vista, 7, 8 and 10), Mac (with support for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher), Android and iOS. The Family Protection Pass also includes a free 12-month license of Net Nanny Social.