What is sexting? And is anyone else worried about their kids getting online?

Amanda - posted on 07/19/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Thankfully, my little guy is still not terribly interested in getting online often, but with every kids show ending in "visit www - dot..." he's beginning more and more to want to use the computer. I have friends whose 5 year olds are online daily! It's so different than when we were kids.

I wanted to share a great website and book for parents who are worried about protecting their kids online. I think it's such an important topic that I wanted to share it with everyone. www.kidsbesafeonline.com The book is full of really useful info, too. Has anyone else heard of sexting, for instance? I sure hadn't!! Anyway, hope this is useful or helpful to someone else. Tell me what you think!! :-)

Amanda

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Cynthia - posted on 07/20/2010

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And please watch your children's cell phones too! If you have a teenager with one I highly highly highly recommend removing any sort of picture messaging. Because it may not be your child sending something but receiving things he shouldn't. I have been truly shocked at what parent's aren't seeing that their children are sending.

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Denise - posted on 08/17/2010

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If anyone needs any resources on cyberbullying, bullied in school, sexting, texting and driving or kids safe web browsers I have it all! All the resources any parent could want to protect their children. As an expert in parental education of child safety concerning technology, my website is full of resources! Go grab anything you need and join the free membership site - it's awesome! www.kidsbesafeonline.com

Tajunanne - posted on 07/22/2010

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for all you parents of kids 12 and under theres a computer web site name ''kidzui'' it's keep your child save it helps with homework and it sensor everything to mke sure it's child safe. Also about sexting you child don't have to have a phone they uses there friend phone. so becuz they don't have one don't stop them. the best way to stop it is to talk to your girls and get them to understand that sexting could mess there life upright along with the virgin talk. most parent don't know theres a scholarship for girls who stay virgins and go to college so make virgin a bless word and our daughters will follow

Sherri - posted on 07/20/2010

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Sexting is sex talk and nude photos being sent through text's on kids cell phones. Hence just another reason my 13 and 11 yr old still don't have cell phones so no I am not worried. I wasn't aware you could do it on line as well we don't have spy cams, neither one has any clue how to upload photos without my doing it for them and our computer is in our livingroom so no worries there either.

Carla - posted on 07/20/2010

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With over 95% of the web devoted to some type of pornography, you better believe I am right here when my grandbabies want to be online! For instance: type in The White House. One of these sites is porno! So even if they are doing research for school, they can come across this, innocently.

I know it's a hassle, but kids can't be trusted! That's why God gave them parents. Watch, watch, watch!

Ilene - posted on 07/20/2010

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Most internet services have some type of parental controls that you can set to monitor what your child gets to. Our six year old is fairly adept at moving about the internet and the only thing he has gotten to is amazon.com which requires passwords for any purchases. The other thing you could do is to set up a virtual machine. My husband did this when our child first got on the computer. It can be set so that the child can only get to certain websites and will block anything bad. One of us is always in the room when he is using the computer. Kids will learn things quickly though as my son recently deleted my account off of the main computer..luckily everything is backed up. If you have the chance a home server is good to have. Our computers (one desktop and two laptops) are backed up nightly.

Tiarra - posted on 07/20/2010

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you can also but a Kid Safe Web Browser on you computer. It doesnt stop the need for parental supervision. But will help if you do need to be away from you child and the computer. i've included a link to one browser but there are others geard towards boys, girls, various age groups, you name it
http://kidrocket.org/

Angie - posted on 07/20/2010

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Yes, I have heard of sexting. The trick to keeping your child safe is to sit with him when he is first gettin on the internet. When you are comfortable with him staying in appropriate sites, keep the computer in a common area of the house where you can watch what he's doing without sitting at his side.

Myetta - posted on 07/19/2010

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My son is going to be 7 on Saturday. He's allowed to get online during the summer for 90 minutes on educational websites his school sent home. He's never online without an adult near by.

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