There seems to be a tool that can monitor and restrict texting and pictures until approved. It is offered by Taser (yes the company that creates electric shock stun guns ). I have not tested this product and it still may be unreleased but their description says they can monitor cells phones. I do not agree with eaves dropping every call or some of the additional monitoring it provides BUT for our younger cell phone users, who are allowed to text, I believe you can preview the text as a parent before it goes out. Again not sure how all of this works yet but it could be an additional safety tool to prevent sexting type picture messages from being sent from your child’s cell phone. The product can be seen at http://www.protector.com/.
NOTE this is NOT a product endorsement but a link to allow you to view tools for cell phone protection.
Why can’t cell phone carriers create a filter for cell phones given to kids under 18? If they could delay text and pic messages until approved by a parent wouldn’t that help our kids from making split second bad decisions?
Even if it is the kid that has to wait a certain amount of time before the picture was sent they might have more time to think.
We are sending our kids out there unarmed using the latest technology. Even parents can’t keep up with teaching responsible use of this technology since most don’t know how to use it either. The legal system hasn’t arranged a way to catch underage kids from making mistakes they just know how to attach criminal charges to certain actions.
We need the government to enforce some responsibility to technology makers for minors! Not taking away freedoms but manging utilization of these technologies for kids. We don’t allow them to drive, drink or even vote until a certain age but they can send messages and pictures without any training or learning of consequences!!!
The stopcyberbullying coalition is a movement to address cyberbullying and ways young people use technology as a weapon to hurt others. Parry Aftab, Creator of Wired Safety and NYC Internet Privacy and Security Lawyer, with her Teenangels, are trying to find ways to prevent the drastic consequences of cyberbullying.
See the blog entry at McAfee’s Insights blog (Sexting can lead to Death).
This coalition is looking to include as many groups or individuals that are non-profit, charity, foundation, research group, community organization, school, website, media company or blogger, commercial entity, faith-based organization, governmental entity or agency or a law enforcement organization. The more they can get cooperating on this problem, the faster we can address it. Youth organizations are particularly welcome.
Join them at Stopcyberbullying .
**(This is a repost based on Parry Aftab’s request for involvement on her Blogspot). Follow her posts and updates regarding this very important coalition. http://parryaftab.blogspot.com
Kidsafe Online requests all local Marlboro, NJ groups to consider this involvement. Keep our kids safe and inform our parents, law inforcement and schools to do all that they can to help.
Law enforcement is now so fed up with the posting of nude and provocative pictures of minors on the web they are taking the issue into their own hands. Someone posting underage pics of kids exposing themselves can now be charged with a sex crime and then be subjected to having their name posted on the sex offenders list.
NOT something we want our children subjected to BUT we as parents, must take responsibility of what our children are doing on the web. We need to engage them in discussions about who they are friends with on the internet and what they actually publish on the web. Children do not think about the permanence of web publishing or who will ever see this information. Google your childs name and show them how easy it can be to find them on the web. Tell them colleges and future employers can easily find a history of their actions. These images sometimes NEVER can be removed and will last a lifetime.
According to Parry Aftab, (an Internet privacy and security lawyer and is WiredSafety’s Executive Director)
Judge Thomas O’Malley of Cleveland “Gets it”. He didn’t prosecute teens convicted of distributing pornographic pics of underaged kids but educated them by assigning community service. He assigned each to gather info from 25 other teens about their activities of sending, viewing and creating pornography and if they knew these were criminal offenses.
What are you doing to educate your kids…….