With Facebook increasing and enhancing its safety features and other social networking sites quickly following suit, it is not surprising that many a parent is convinced their kids are safer online than they ever were before. If online predators were not evolving alongside the technology designed to keep them away from kids, this might be a true statement, but as it stands, Internet safety software recommendations do not make up for parental supervision.
As a matter of fact, many an online predator delights in teaching and informing gullible teens and younger computer users how to circumnavigate parents control software, and in some cases also how to turn it back on. When this risk is added to the statistics revealing that only roughly one quarter of kids exposed to objectionable materials and contacts will actually report it to a parent, it becomes obvious rather quickly why Internet safety software recommendations do not make up for parental supervision.
Sadly, it is the advance of such technology which is giving parents a false sense of security and thus is contributing to a temporary letting down of the guard rather than becoming savvy enough to anticipate that the online predators are evolving with the technology.
To this end parents must not decrease their vigils but instead remain focused on keeping their children safe and being intimately involved in all aspects of their kidsâ€™ online presence. Sure, kids might not always be forthcoming with the information pertaining to all their surfing and related activities, but failure to dig deep and continue digging might actually put the child at more riskâ€”even with top notch protection software in place.