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Privacy: A Right For Every Child

With high numbers of cyber crimes going all over the world, parents started to worry more and more about the safety of their children while they are online. There are so many bad things that can happen nowadays that one question keeps imposing itself upon the brow of the troubled parents: is it really OK to spy on their children’s online search history.

Many of the parental control software face criticism for harming the kids’ rights to their own privacy and this topic has become really touchy in the last couple of years. If parents find out that their kids are exploring a sensitive topic such as sexuality and act in a wrong way, it could reflect badly on their kids’ future behavior. Kids need to know that their parents are always there for them, no matter what is in question.

It could be possibly harmful to the kids if their parents would have found out about their activity reports of their online search, especially if those kids were exploring sensitive topics such as domestic or gender abuse, sexuality or religion.

Microsoft went a step further and launched a software that lets parents take a look at their children’s online search history. This basically means that parents can see what their children are doing when they are online. For some people this is good, for some, it is not.

In one hand, it is good to control your children and all their activities and in the other, it is not good to control them so much because it could be harmful to them. It could be harmful in a way that the children would get the feeling that they are not allowed to do anything on their own.

Children are curious in the young age and that curiosity should be supported in any way. If children feel like they are being monitored, that could greatly undermine any kind of trust and relationship with their parents. This could leave devastating consequences on the family. Parents should take great care when they are considering doing this.

Keeping Your Identity Safe Online

If you think that your kids are safe online just because they do not have an account on Facebook or any other social network, does not mean they are not at risk. Children are up to 35 times more likely to have problems with the identity safety online according to the recent research.

Since the percentage of online teens today is higher than 90%, it is safe to assume that one in 40 households with kids, will get compromised. Stealing personal information and identities online is quite popular in the last 5 years.

With this in mind, it would be the best to educate yourself about how to keep the identity of your kids safe online at all times. Here are some basic steps that will help you to catch on on the subject.

The first step would be to keep SSN of your kids to yourself. So, a social security number is something that you simply do not share with anyone, no matter who they are. Instead, if asked, just turn it down politely with the excuse that you cannot give the number because of the safety issue. In case that you still have to give it, do it over the phone instead of online.

Since everything today is just a click away, it would be really good to teach your kids to type their links instead of just clicking. Children who like to spend their time online, doing their web surfing, need to know how just one letter or a number can change the address they are referring to.

There are individuals on the net who are actually gathering all the misspellings and use them to create clone sites which they can use to steal information and identities.

Limit the posting of the photos of your children online. The less personal preference you post, the better.  If you want to avoid becoming a potential target for online robbery, you will think again before you go public with literally everything about your children. And always keep in mind to turn off geo-tagging of any sort.