If you have an adolescent who is not on Facebook yet, chances are they will be by the end of the summer… or perhaps they are already...
Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) June 07, 2011
New data from the Facebook statistics blog Socialbakers reveals that Facebook is about to hit 700 million users. At the same time, a Consumer Reports study found approximately 7.5 million children on the social network under the age of 13 – the company’s legal minimum age. The study also revealed that the majority of parents of those underage users have no clue what their young social networkers are doing.
With summer here, kids have more time to spend online, and chances are that time will be spent on Facebook. But there is an effective solution.
“We want parents to know there are tools available to help parents keep an eye on their children’s Facebook activity this summer,” says Jamie Leasure, co-founder of Pandora Corp. “The best thing you can do as a parent is monitor what they are doing on the social network giant, and then talk to them about activity you see that may be inappropriate.”
Pandora Corp. is the maker of PC Pandora computer monitoring software, a program that records all computer activity, starting with screen capture snapshots of everything a child does on the PC. It also records data logs of all emails sent and received, instant messenger conversations, web history, programs utilized, peer-to-peer activity, and lots more.
For parents of the Facebook generation, PC Pandora will show them everything their children are doing on the popular social networks. Leasure says computer monitoring software like this helps parents keep their kids safe from the two biggest threats on social networks:
“Cyberbullying is an epidemic that is plaguing our nation,” he says. “PC Pandora will let you know if your child is the victim of an online tormentor, and sometimes, it may also show your child to be an aggressor – something that should never be tolerated.”
Computer monitoring software is also the best way to keep your kids safe from the Internet predators that use Facebook to lure children. Leasure says PC Pandora will let parents know if their child is forming relationships with people that may not be who they say they are:
“Summer is high time for predators to start grooming new victims. It’s easy for a predator to pretend to be a new kid in town looking to make a few friends over the summer before school starts,” he explains. “While talking to your kids about online stranger danger is a must, it is also important to be aware of any new friends in your child’s life, as predators often don’t put their real identity forward. Children may not be quick to tell their parents about new friends, especially if the conversation is sexual or flirtatious in nature.”
Leasure also points out that some parents may not know their kids are already on Facebook:
“It’s very easy for an 11 or 12-year-old to sign up for Facebook, circumvent the weak age restrictions, and never tell their parents they have joined the largest social network in the world,” he says. “If you have an adolescent who is not on Facebook yet, chances are they will be by the end of the summer… or perhaps they are already.”
Both law enforcement and other experts agree that it is up to parents to keep their kids safe on the Internet. But Leasure says that with the right tools, 21st century parenting is easy.
“There are simply too many dangers out there to turn your head and let your child be on Facebook unsupervised,” says Leasure. “Fortunately, tools like our PC Pandora computer monitoring software are available to parents to help them do the best job possible.”
For more information on how PC Pandora can help you keep your kids safe on Facebook this summer, visit http://www.pcpandora.com.
About PC Pandora: Pandora Corporation was formed with one goal – to help our customers monitor, control and protect their families and themselves online. First released in mid 2005, PC Pandora has been constantly upgraded to industry-leading specifications and has received accolades from users, reviewers and even school districts and law enforcement agencies, who use the program to help in the day-to-day supervision of the children and citizens they are charged with protecting. The company website devotes space to helping parents by providing them with 18 Tips to Safe Surfing and Pandora’s Blog, where current news in the world of online safety is discussed regularly. In addition, the Pandora Corp. has made the PD Pandora Internet Safety Symposium available to schools and law enforcement as a free resource for spreading internet safety awareness to parents. Over the past few years, PC Pandora has vaulted into a leadership position for parental control software by boasting a combination of features that are unparalleled in the monitoring industry. In 2010, Version 6.0 was released, again widening the spectrum of coverage and protection offered by the program. Concurrently released with 6.0, the web-based PC Pandora LIVE! service affords parents the ability to keep their kids safe from anywhere at anytime. PC Pandora is also now available through the Pandora Corp. store at Amazon.com.
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