Any parent who actively monitors their children on Facebook knows how many games and apps you have to ultimately talk to your children about or end up having to tell them they aren’t allowed to have or play certain games as a part of their Facebook profile.
This is why every chance we get, we inform parents of younger children about sites like YourSphere.com, Togetherville and now Everloop. If your children are using those age-appropriate social media sites then you don’t have to worry about games like this one found on Facebook which is one of the latest trends.
Read more: Smash or Pass? A Pass For Young Facebookers!
Trend Micro’s global product manager and mom, Laura Martinez joined Dave and Bill today in the CyberHood, listen below… We talked about: Trend Micro announcing its latest consumer solution, Online Guardian, a tool designed to help parents monitor their kids’ social networking activity.
Trend Micro Online Guardian, an easy to use solution for parents that provides insight into their children’s online activities to address concerns before it’s too late.
CUPERTINO, Calif., March 7, 2011 — Trend Micro unveiled Trend Micro™ Online Guardian for Families today, the company’s first product designed for parents concerned about their kids’ social networking activities. With comprehensive parental controls, social network monitoring, and Internet filtering, Trend Micro Online Guardian gives parents the tools they need to keep up with their children’s Internet and social networking activities and take action to keep them safe while they are using their cell phones, tablets, laptops, and desktops.
“Keeping our kids safe online is critical. As busy parents who may or may not have the technical know-how, it’s hard to keep up with our kids online,” said Carol Carpenter, executive general manager for the consumer and small business units at Trend Micro and also a mother of two digitally-savvy kids. “Our vision with Trend Micro Online Guardian is to provide the tools and information for parents to become aware of their kids’ online activities, to generate healthy family dialogue, and to prevent problems before they happen.”
Social Networking: New Generation Communication for CyberTeens and Tweenagers
Over 90 percent of kids aged 12 to 17 are on the Internet and over 70 percent of teens have a social networking profile (1). To fully attain the social networking sites’ benefits, these sites require users to provide personal information. While social networks are heavily used by millions to keep relatives up-to-date, find lost friends, or make new ones, they can also be popular places for people who have bad intentions. Risks such as unwanted contact, scams or identity theft, computer security issues, cyberbullying, and harming one’s reputation are things parents need to watch out for.
Privacy and Safety Are A Concern…But Action Is Needed
While young adults and teenagers are concerned about the risks that come with social networking sites, they don’t always act on that concern.
· 68 percent of teens have at some point accepted friend requests from people they don’t know.
· 31 percent of teens have shared content on social networking sites they do not want their family or teachers to see.
· 18 percent of teens have been disciplined as a result of sharing something on a social network.
· While 56 percent of teen girls feel social networks help them feel more connected to friends, 68 percent have reported having negative experiences on them. (2)
“There are times in kids’ development when a little up-front Internet monitoring can be helpful to kids as well as the parents. One of those times is when kids are heading into middle school and engaging in social networking, another is when a child seems extra vulnerable,” said Anne Collier, co-director of ConnectSafely.org. “Then it’s great when parents use tech tools for talking points in the kind of calm, ongoing family discussion that really protects kids online and offline.”
Trend Micro Online Guardian Benefits
Using the Internet is an important life skill for kids; using it for school work, socializing, and entertainment are a permanent part of their lives. It is important then to teach kids to use it wisely and safely. Trend Micro Online Guardian provides parents with extra parental control resources and tools to stay informed. It gives them the ability to approach concerns proactively and to help encourage children to make smart online choices. Trend Micro Online Guardian helps parents protect their kids against Internet dangers, including cyberbullying and online predators. In one easy-to-read report, users get a clear view of what their kids are doing on the web.
Trend Micro Online Guardian Features
With Trend Micro Online Guardian, parents have the tools they need to spot a problem before their child gets into trouble. Trend Micro Online Guardian allows parents to:
· Monitor Internet activities 24/7 on web sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube, and Flickr.
· View browsing history, wall postings, messages, photos and videos (shared and viewed), and chat logs to help prevent damage to their reputation.
· Stop access to adult and other inappropriate content.
· Limit Internet time and set daily access schedules.
· Block sharing of personal information to shield kids from online predators, identity thieves and cybercriminals.
· Install on as many computers as needed and monitor up to five children.
How is Trend Micro Online Guardian Different?
· Trend Micro Online Guardian requires kids’ permission to allow their parents to monitor them; thus allowing parents to get reporting on non-public information while other products only report public information.
· Once activated, privacy settings within Facebook and MySpace won’t stop Trend Micro Online Guardian from monitoring activities.
· Once Trend Micro Online Guardian begins monitoring the child’s account, it reports on activities happening from any location, even those outside of the home (friend’s house, school, cell phone, etc).
· The online management console allows parents to access the latest information from anywhere in the world.
Thanks to Laura for joining us today, she shared so many wonderful tips and advice learned as a mom, that we almost forgot about her being a leading IT professional and just how lucky we all were that she could use both of those skills to create this wonderful product…
She now, all that hard has paid off it’s ready go today and available parents everywhere!! Just think about it, Online Guardian was designed by a mom for moms & dads to protect their precious children while online, and participating in social networks…
If you like me, then this story above should be ENOUGH to scare the crap out you… because it scares me death, to know there are thousands of parents all over the world who do nothing and/or using any type of security, let alone using a suite of cybertools for online protection…
So please, as one parent to other parents please use this cybertool… and share “IT” with all your families and friends, everywhere…
Dave and Bill give this wonderful parents resource our highest recommendation, The CHW Gold Seal Approved!!
Check it out for your family: Trend Micro Online Guardian
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