With the increasing popularity of the internet, the ease and availability to reach the internet from gaming consoles, mobile phones and tablets what are you doing to keep your children safe from internet predators?
Kids E-mail is a Internet Service Provider (ISP) specifically designed for children and teens in mind. Parents have access to their children's e-mail and know whats going on online without having to worry about predators or sexually explicit material. You can control who contacts your child, if they can visit links in e-mails, view photos in e-mails and lots more settings to choose from. You can still restrict certain things but still remain in control over your child or teen's safety without seeming overbearing.
I think whoever created this service is a genius! These days children can access the internet from anywhere can being online means you can be anything you want to be without anyone knowing it. It's easy to lie and create a fake account anywhere at social media sites and even known e-mail providers. Let me tell you a little story...we got our first computer when I was around 13 years old. I was a just coming into my teenage years and the internet was still a fairly new thing, especially someone who hasn't had continued access to the internet before. So, as any teenager would do I explored it. I went into chat rooms, talked to hundreds of people on a daily basis. I can remember stating my age and I would get like 15 instant messages from people much older than me. Of course being the smart person I am I never disclosed any real facts about myself like where I went to school, where I lived or even my real name I always went by a pseudonym. Why older guys talk to younger girls is something I never understood but I saw no crime in it since it was just talk. As I got older I realized that most guys...correction BOYS on the internet are just discussing perverts. My parents knew nothing of protection on the internet or really anything about it at all. Have they of known could have changed alot of teenagers in that day in age. Chat rooms were the social media at the time and there was nothing quite like it until MySpace came out. Everyone flocked to that website like a flock of geese, it was the most talked about website on the internet. I didn't really hear much about MySpace until I was almost 18 when I joined. It's still weird how the internet is your catch all for information where with just a little bit of snooping you can figure anything out about anymore just by the information you submit. I do have to admit I've gone as far as meeting people online, which is strangely awkward and scary even if you have someone else with you. Teens are very adventurous and will explore the internet, that's why we as parents must learn the internet, lingo and usage of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and others to restrict the over pour of personal information we sometimes say too much information without having to say it. Take a look at your Facebook Profile Page (if you have one) Do you have your employer listed? Schools you attended? Children listed and address by first name? If you answered yes to any of these questions you're already exposing way too much information for yourself let alone a child wouldn't really know the difference between posting that kind of information or not. Children today use the internet for everything from watching videos on YouTube to using social media website. The internet is a much darker place than what it was say 15 years ago. I have to admit my children are very tech savvy and can access the internet using any of my wireless devices to play games and watch video's. However, if I set up an kids e-mail account for each of them I can allow them to safely use the internet within moderation and parental controls (best invention for parents & wished it was more readily available back then) and feel much safer at letting them use the internet.
Some scary internet facts & children:
2 out of every 3 kids' parents have little or no idea what they surf on the Internet. The first dotcom company was Symbolics (1985). Those kids who use the net, do so for an average of an hour every day. 87% of kids aged 12 to 17 use the Internet in the United States. 40% teenagers receive a request online for personal information. Over 15% children in the United States are confronted by a stranger online, for some reason or the other.
You can visit Kids e-Mail here to sign up for their service. You can purchase a monthly subscription or a on a annual basis. Monthly subscription starts at $5 a month for up to 4 accounts or if you purchase an annual and have up to 6 accounts and right know you can get discounted rate on the service! If you have pre-teens or teenagers who actively use the internet this will be something you'll want to look into.
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received from this publication. I received a membership to Kids E-mail in order to facilitate a honest review. All opinions are those of my own and may differ from those of your own.