Online video websites, where a child can view free videos, is a major concern for parents that are interested in parental control on the internet.
The very nature of these sites (large, anonymous, and accessible) makes it likely that unscrupulous people will use it to spread pornography or inappropriate videos for children.
The large size of these websites makes it nearly impossible to block all undesirable content shown online. Some websites attempt to keep children from viewing pornography by checking ages, but these steps can be easily bypassed.
MySpace, a popular video site for all types of video viewers, may not be the best place for your children to spend time.Although children under 12 are not allowed to join MySpace, the check performed (typing in how old you are) is very easily faked.
Once online, inexperienced website surfers and children can post their names, address, phone numbers, emails, hobbies, schools etc. They might not post this in a public place, but if a sexual predator manages to gain their confidence, your child might give this information out.
Not only is your child susceptible to pedophiles online, but your child can also very easily access pornographic videos. In many cases your child does not even need to be a member of MySpace to view these videos.
Pop-Up and Banner Ads are out there waiting for your children. Have you ever been to a site where you feel you spend more time dodging pop-ups rather than viewing the actual site? Gaming and video sites are some of the worst.
Most of these ads will download spyware or viruses onto your computer, and many of these pop-ups are sexually explicit. Banner ads can be just as bad. Many online networking sites use ads for online dating services. The ads produced for these are often soft-core pornography. The ads are embedded onto the page, so it is impossible to remove them.
Search Engines display pornography with a touch of the mouse.
Sometimes, seeing pornography is due to a complete accident.
Mistyped URLs, poor choice of search terms, or other innocent mistakes can lead to something undesirable.Pornographic websites capitalize on the search engines use of keywords to sort websites. Often pornographers will use names of popular toys and TV shows in their keywords, boosting their ranking in searches for these items.
There are various ways you can protect your children online.
· Place your computer in a public place
· Communicate with your children about online dangers
· Keep your communication open with your children
· Ask your children to show you where they have been surfing.
In addition there are several excellent software programs to help you protect your children while online.
Top 3 Internet Filter Software Programs
2. Net Nanny
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