Where Do Your Kids Surf?

kids on computersI know age old question, and I am sure you Know… I mean you have parental controls in place on their computers and tablets don’t you… you do don’t you?

 

I knew I was covered…  I am an Internet Goddess …

I am tech savvy ~ I make my living on line… so I absolutely know where my boys surf…

Or do I ?

Beware Of Any Device~

~That Connects To The Net

I would like to share a short story with you … it is not a horrible, blood thirsty, murder plot… but spine chilling non the less, in fact my blood ran cold…

kids on PSPDoes your child game on a Play Station or X Box … maybe even a PSP Vita?

If so beware … I had let my eldest son have a PSP, you know one of those hand held game boy things.

Batman, Star Wars, Harry Potter is his fave! I  knew they could connect on line to play games with other on line gamers, but I’d put restrictions like no one could add him as a friend, family settings etc.

I did not know however that they had a live interface, where messages can be exchanged …

Guess what … that is not the end … there is talk through, so when your little precious is playing Blast’em 7 with his headphones on ( to hear the sound better! and Not disturb you Mummy!) he is actually talking live to goodness knows who.

So last week I learnt a lesson … The hard way

Beware Of The Friends~

~They Make

psp imageI try very hard not to be the strict, overbearing Mum. There are things I tolerate,and things I don’t.

I may seem pretty lax in some areas, but, I want my boys to grow up confident, free from the fear of making mistakes…

I want them to know the feeling of failing , because from that comes the revelation that it is not all over and you CAN start again…

But with these social media sites, games I am fairly tough… I check for new friends regularly and what is more they can’t make friends they’re too young for that …

Last friday Jacob made a new friend thro my friends teenage son, I wasn’t even aware of it.

They were playing away when things changed and the questions being asked on the talk through began to get weird… things like how old are you, what school do you go to, have you got a boyfriend?

Now to an 7 year old of course the answers are going to be honest and of course he likes boys his best friend is a boy…

Well the taunting started almost immediately, oh are you gay …  you like bottoms?  That’s when the website sharing started…

Luckily at that precise moment my husband walked in… he is real balanced and laughed it off when the voices coming through taunting him about his gay son… but, he was not so balanced when he came and found me!

I went in and the damned PSP was still connected and they were still there laughing at Ja… The site they got him to write down was ‘www.pornhub.com’ – i flipped!

Phone The Police!

I know it sounds dramatic … but I said I was going to, to the people at the other end… and I did.

Do you think I was foolish? The Police certainly did not.

They came to the house and gently interviewed us together, taking notes of all the information available. Who we thought were at the other end, email address’s and what they had shared to the boys… how they had shared etc…

I know it seems an over-reaction, but the graphic nature of the material, and the way they spoke to us – the parents through the internet …

They felt invulnerable, as though there was nothing that could be done …. So wrong, there is an enormous amount that can be done, and they will be pursued, and dealt with … the thing is they were  young too certainly under 18, however the police are actively tracking them down and will deal with them according to the letter of the law.

Please don’t think I am on a mission or even using scare tactics, but I do feel we should remember what is possible with the internet…

I found a fabulous resource via the NSPCC, and their Share Aware Campaign

 

I hope you find this small article helpful, and the Share Aware Campaign Helps…

Please give it a good look through, there is a great deal in there ..

 

Take care and stay aware

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NB … Please note I have not shared any specific game image as a warning… the images shared are purely as an example of the interaction available…. NOT a comment about the specific game or interface….

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