He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands: Kids, hand-helds, and pornography
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So for now, even parents who are vigilant about their children’s Internet use will not find it easy to monitor and control what goes on when kids have portable hand-held technology.
Parry Aftab offers these suggestions for parents:
• Get to the know the technology and how it can be used and/or abused by your kids.
• Kids shouldn’t have Internet-enabled cell phones until effective filtering techniques are available that can restrict what they can access on the Internet.
• Use parental controls and filters on your computers at home, so that kids can’t access porn there and download it to hand-held devices.
• Tell your kids that you will be doing spot checks of what’s been downloaded to their cell phones, PlayStations and video iPods at any time and that they should not expect to have any privacy in this regard. Spot check their computers as well.
In his article, “What Every Parent Needs to Know About Emerging Technology”, Daniel Panetti, vice president for Legal and Public Policy for the National Coalition for the Protection of Children & Families, maintains that the greatest defense against pornography is to keep an open line of communication with your kids. “Ask your child about the latest technology, discuss the concerns you have…and talk honestly about the issue of sexual predators online and the predatory nature of pornography.”