It’s that time of year again for New Year’s Resolutions! The New Year represents the promise of a new beginning and is a great time for self reflection, especially for parents.
Research shows that almost 50% of Americans will make them this year. Not surprisingly, common resolutions themes of self-improvement goals such as losing weight and drinking less alcohol. People are usually upbeat when making them with 52% feeling confident about achieving success about their resolutions.
This year, think beyond self-improvement and focus also on how to be a better parent. Make this the year that you protect your kids with the same passion and financial resources that you do in their “real worlds.”
Consider this: technology is redefining the way that teenagers interact with the world, but they are not always prepared for the privileges or the consequences:
· Teenagers view technology as a tool to bring them closer to people, and 58% of teens report feeling closer to someone because of interactions on a social media site.
· Kids even younger than teens are using social media sites – 38% of Facebook users are reportedly under the age of 13 (even though 13 in the minimum age requirement to join).
· Americans are sharing more information online than ever before, and more than a quarter of people share more personal information than they did in the previous year.
· In the majority of internet-related sex crimes against minors, the perpetrators used information that the teen posted on his or her own personal social networking page.
· More than 50% of teens log on to at least one social media site each day, and billions of pictures and videos are shared and exchanged each year.
· 72% of teenagers have some sort of social networking profile, and almost half of those teenagers (47%) have a profile that is public and viewable by anyone with internet access.
· . Teenagers are putting their personal and private thoughts and images online, and giving the world an open window into their lives. Almost 90% of the pictures that teens take and share via technology gets siphoned into parasite porn websites.
Parents spend an incredible amount of resources parenting in the “real” world. Thousands and thousands of dollars protecting their kids and thousands and thousands of hours making sure that they are safe and making good choices and basically growing up to the wonderful young adults we all hope our children become. So why is it that some parents are so against protecting and monitoring what their kids do online?
Let’s face it. Parenting has NOT kept up with technology. Most parents wouldn’t dream of letting their kids go hang out at a party with much older kids. Why? Because they wouldn’t want their kids getting exposed to things they just are not ready for yet. Once your kid’s innocence is lost … you just cannot get it back. But then how come some of these same parents don’t think twice about letting their 12-year-old girl set up a Facebook account or video chat in her bedroom with the door shut? Or don’t seem too concerned about letting their kids roam free all over the Internet unsupervised?
Wake up! Hope is not a strategy! Parents need to protect their kids with the same kind of passion and enthusiasm that they do in the real world. The reality is the online world IS the real world for kids now. The line is completely blurred.
The great news is that is very easy to start protecting your kids online today. SpectorSoft offers solutions for pc, macs and Android smartphones. Parents can download and install in mintues and begin arming themselves with important information that they may need to protect their kids in 2012.
Computer and smartphone monitoring solutions are not the end … just the beginning. They’re only parenting tools that provide valuable information when a parent needs it or when a parent wants it. For example, many of our customers use our solutions without looking at what is being recorded for weeks at time. They only check it occasionally, if there is a reason to think there is a problem or if their parental instincts tell them “something is off.” Sort of like playing back the videotape after a break-in at the store. Other parents find themselves in situations where they need to monitor their kids all the time to help make sure they are not returning to self-destructive behavior. Others use it for teachable moments when their kids are not in harm’s way.
Parents all understand the need to make sure they use parental software and embrace technology to parent. The reality is that parents need to keep up the times if they want to be the most effective parents they can be. The time to bring your parenting tool kit up to 2013 standards is now. Make this the year that you protect your kids with the same passion and financial resources that you do in their “real worlds” and download your software today.