You don’t need to understand the Internet to protect your family. Included with your son/daughter's laptop is a subscription to the Lightspeed Internet filtering software for mobile laptops. This reliable and always current Internet security technology stops pornographers, hackers, trojans and other threats in their tracks. Endorsed by leading family ministries and businesses, Lightspeed mobile Internet filter and parental control software keeps your son or daughter safe online wherever they surf- at school, at home, or at their favorite "hot spot" anywhere.
It is important to remember that no program is perfect. There is always the possibility that something inappropriate could “slip through” or something that is appropriate will be blocked. Realize that filtering programs do not necessarily protect teens from all dangerous activities. And even though they might block what one can see online, they might not block what they can say. For example, even with a filter it might be possible for a child to post inappropriate material or personal information on a social networking site or blog or disclose it in a chat room or instant message. The best way to assure that your son/daughter is having positive online experiences is to stay in touch with what they are doing. One way to do this is to spend time with your children while they're online. Have them show you what they doing and be sure to set rules and guidelines for their Internet use. We highly recommend following these basic guidelines from the "Teen Safety on the Internet Highway":
- Be open with your teens and encourage them to come to you if they encounter a problem online
- Keep your identity private
- Never get together with someone you “meet” online
- Never respond to e-mail, chat comments, instant messages or other messages that are hostile, belligerent, inappropriate or in any way make you feel uncomfortable
SafeTeens.com has posted valuable articles with tips and hotlinks for training students to be safe on the Internet. Any parent whose children have access to a computer-- whether their own laptops, a home desktop, or a friend's-- should take a look at this posting.