Is it really possible to safeguard your kids online experiences?
Check out some of these shocking statistics:
- 38% of kids under 2 years old use smart phones or tablets
- 70% of teens ages 13 – 17 use smart phones
- 62% of parents do not think their children can get into serious trouble online
- 80% of parents have no idea how to monitor their kids online activity
- 74% of parents say they do not have the time or energy to keep up with their children online
They say that 58% of 10 – 12 year old kids believe they know how to hide their online activities from their parents!
Don’t think your kids would? No one ever does.
46% of kids said they would change their online behavior if they knew their parents were paying attention.
I will admit that when my daughter was entering her tween years I was not at all as savvy about technology and the internet as I thought I was.
I never allowed our kids to have the internet in their bedrooms and we had one loacalized computer area in our family room where everyone spent their evenings together. We also had a great pornography blocker on our router that would work on all devices using Wi-Fi.
Here was a mom who spent several hours a day online, and yet I was unaware of all of the ways our children could easily be online without our knowing it.
First of all let me just say that I have learned if you want to know anything about the internet or technology, just ask a kid. Chances are fairly good that they will know more than you do.
It’s almost as if this age of technology is in their DNA. They’ve grown up with it as a large part of their lives. We see babies that are better able to navigate a smart phone or tablet than some adults.
Technology and the internet are wonderful things that have changed the way we live our lives forever.
And try as we may, there is no getting away from it.
Unfortunately for all the good that comes from it, there are those who have found the worst ways to use it, and they don’t care if your kids are exposed. In fact I believe that it really the ultimate intent.
It reminds me of the cigarette industry when I was a kid. They marketed to us knowing that if they could get us hooked we would be a customer for life. The same is true for the pornography industry.
Parents, we need to know what is new all the time.
And it is changing all the time!
Before you even get a grasp on some form of technology, something new will come along and take its place.
This is where iParent.TV offers parents the edge they need to stay ahead of their kids.
What is iParent.TV? If kids are awake, they are probably on a smartphone, in front of a smart TV, downloading apps, or posting to social networks. And most likely parents have no idea what they are doing. Founded by author, pastor and father Craig Gross, iParent.TV is a yearly, subscription-based website for teaching and informing parents on all things tech, mobile, devices, websites and apps for kids. The site is currently in development and expected to launch in July 2014.
The Problem. Most parents don’t have an inside track to tech or social media dangers, let alone how to safeguard their kids against them. As I stated earlier, the statistics are shocking!
- 58 percent of 10- to 12-year-old kids believe they know how to hide their online activities from their parents.
- 46 percent of kids said they would change their online behavior if they knew their parents were paying attention.
Introducing iParent.TV. iParent.TV is designed to keep parents ahead of the tech curve. It will help parents understand, get involved and safeguard their children in the ever-evolving tech world. iParent.TV educates parents with all the latest trends via websites, social media, apps and devices.
The idea. It started with a group of dads who felt like their 9 year olds knew more about tech than they did. They were right. But their idea will help change that forever for all parents. Once launched, iParent.TV will have hundreds of videos and product reviews that are current, cutting edge and trending, keeping parents who subscribe ahead of the tech curve.
How it will work? iParent.TV will be a subscription-based site costing $49 per year for parents to access videos, reviews, how-tos, and live chat support. It will be the largest website on the Internet helping parents understand what’s safe and what’s not in the world of tech.
The founders of iParent.TV are currently raising funds through Indiegogo, offering interested individuals the opportunity to become early adopters with special subscription rates through mid-March. The website is scheduled to officially launch in July 2014.
You can see how far they have already come in their efforts to get this fully funded.
They are offering a special early bird signup for parents for only $29 for the entire year!
By 2015, there’ll be 15 BILLION internet-connected devices in use around the world. That’s more than two for every person on the planet!
Some of the things you’ll get from iParent.TV:
Answers to questions about iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, Xbox One, Playstation 4, WiiU, Roku, Apple TV, Smart TVs, Google TV, Mac, PC, and Google Chromebooks.
1. How to secure WiFi?
2. How to check internet history for internet behaviors?
3. How to easily filter/restrict certain sites?
4. How to monitor your child’s email account?
5. How to disable location services on phones to keep kids safe?
6. Why does an app need access/permissions to camera, data and contacts?
Reviews for apps like Badoo, Kik Messenger, Jelly, The Whisper App, Ask.fm App, Tinder, Hot or Not, FB Messenger, Vine, WhatsApp, TextNow, Viber, Wire, Poke, Wickr, MineCraft, Instagram, Glide, Break The Ice, Keek, Miumeet, Facetune, Tango Messenger, WeChat, Line, Wanelo, Oovoo, Shazam, Pulse, Feedly, Foursquare, Lulu.
Sites like Habbo.com, Tagged.com, Stumbleupon, WordPress.com, Medium, Vimeo, Craigslist, Backpage, Deviant Art, Reddit, Hulu, Netflix, Viddlr, MTV, VH1, Funny or Die , Ebay, Skype, WebKinz, Qooh.me, Quora, RuneScape, Arcane Legends, Chatroulette, Zynga, Addictinggames, Games.com, Yahoogames, photobucket, Disney, Cartoon Network, Blogger, Statigram + App, TinyChat, PopCap, rumblegames.com
Tips for sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Myspace, Flickr, Pheed, Pinterest, Google +, Instagram, WordPress, and Blogger.
I have thought back to those days when I thought I was doing a good job with keeping our kids safe online and regretted not knowing better than I did. We could have avoided so many things had I just been aware of the ways that technology had changed.
For less than the price of a coffee, you can be well equipped to help guide your kids through what could easily be a treacherous sea of technology and have a safe sailing experience.
*Although I was compensated for this post, I stand behind what this company is doing and all opinions expressed are solely my own.