If findings from the Pew Research Center are anything to go by, 24 percent of teens between 12 and 17 in the US are online regularly. The rest, 56 percent of them, are on the internet quite a number of times while 12 percent are online at least once per day. In a survey conducted recently, the same research center established that 80 percent of teens in the same age bracket own a phone. What’s most shocking is that, according to Crimes Against Children Research Center, 20% of U.S. teenagers have been recipients of sexual requests. These numbers are a cause of concern to every parent. With this in mind, proponents of internet surveillance, chiefly on children, desire to prevent online abuse. Parents can use a plethora of tools to monitor their children’s activities on the internet, and by extension, help stop online abuse. These tools include, but are not limited to, mobile apps and software.
Cell Phone Text Monitoring Software
Some apps can be used to monitor every text a child sends and receives. KidGuard is one such app that has immense functionality. Besides doing those mentioned above, this cell phone text monitoring software allows parents to get a hold of texts that were previously deleted. Parents are therefore easily kept in the loop of what’s going on in their children’s lives.
Cellular Phone Software for Website Monitoring
Parents can quickly check the browser history on their children’s devices. However, most children are now aware that they can browse the web incognito. If so, parents can install software that sends them a list of websites that their children visit regardless of how they do so or block access to specific websites. Porn websites and those that are cultic have a large number of cyber bullies and paedophiles who prey on innocent children. By monitoring the sites children visit, parents can assess the danger their children are exposed to.
Fostering healthy parent-child relationships
The easiest way a child will open up to their parent is if they trust them as much as they do their friend. It is vital that parents have a friendly relationship with their children, so much that the latter can be friends with them on social media sites. Once this achieved, parents can easily see what their children are going through online. Teens going through abuse can channel their frustrations online. In such cases, parents will be among the first to know but only if their children are comfortable enough to have them as their friends on social media platforms.
Identifying Cyber Bullies
Internet surveillance can help to spot cyber bullies easily. After identification, the relevant authorities can take legal action against the perpetrators. Cyberbullies tend to churn out mean comments, fuelling the spread of rumors and blackmailing their victims. Internet surveillance is meant to curb the rise of cyber bullies.
In conclusion, while there are obvious risks and limitations in internet surveillance, its benefits in curbing online bullying, outweigh its costs.