Be Careful with the Apps your Children are Using
If before we had to control at the web pages that our children were using, now we must also check the apps they are using.
The number of popular applications available to mobile devices for children and adolescents has drastically increased in recent years. The most versatile applications allow children to talk informally with different groups of friends without limitation of space for texts and without being supervised by parents, guardians or teachers.
Many of the new applications for mobile are not required to register a cell phone number or a credit card. They are free and can be used on popular portable devices like the iPod Touch and the Kindle Fire, whenever there is a wireless Internet connection.
According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, more than three-quarters of teens have a cell phone and use social networking such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and many others. Moreover, both children and adults can interact easily on these social networks without being supervised by parents.
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Some educators say that they have seen everything: children who use their cellphones to distribute online videos of school inspections in search of drug to male students exchanged photographs of naked girlfriends. They say that most of the parents have no idea of what is happening.
“What was once a sex education, now is the technological ‘conversation’ which must engage with our children”, said Rebecca Levey, mother of twins of 10 years who operates a video for preteens portal called KidzVuz.com and blogs about technology and education issues.
Eileen Patterson, mother of eight children resident in Burke, VA., said that he used to be quite familiar with the technology and is often on Facebook, but was amazed to learn that their children could converse with your friends with an iPod Touch. It says that there are nine wireless devices in his home and he has endeavored to disconnect your home Wi-Fi after 9 o’clock, but considered that their attempts to monitor the online activity of their children as “a war that I’m slowly losing day by day”.
“I’ve discovered that I usually lose control,” he added. “Then I see something on TV or read an article in the newspaper something horrible over which happened to some poor child and his family, and try to be more attentive. But the reality is that I am stupid” in regards to social media.
Mobile applications are programs that can be loaded on a mobile device through other desktops software such as Apple iTunes. According to the Federal Trade Commission, there are about 800,000 applications available through Apple and 700,000 by Google Play.
One of the most popular apps that children use is Instagram, a free program that digitally enhance photographs and load them in your personal online account. Photos can be shared in other social media like Facebook and Twitter.
In order to keep updated yourself with all of the technology constantly targeting in our children, you need to gain and educate yourself on those subjects. You might think it is little too late to learn Social Media but remember that the safety of your children is the most important thing for them.
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