So, most parents are asking themselves, "What is ‘Web 2.0’ anyway?"
2.0 is the "term" used to describe interactive technologies and systems that are internet enabled. For instance, your child's cell phone and PDA may have internet capabilities. The term also encompasses social network sites, blogs, video-sharing sites, computer gaming systems – anything that involves interactivity. Such devices and abilities are very cool and offer tons of fun – but they also pose great risks.
Your child no longer has to be "bound" at a desk in front of a computer screen to have the world – and everyone in it - at his fingertips. Every day children who visit interactive sites interact with strangers. And, more and more often, home-spun internet porn has been appearing everywhere from the school bus to the back seat of mom's mini van. One mom recently shared with me how devastated she was to discover that the months of giggling and whispering from the back of her car weren't caused by the typical pre-teen gossip. They were caused by nude and semi-nude cell phone photos being freely passed around nearly every day right under her nose. The porn shop was her car, and the porn stars were school children who were sexting each other.
This mom thought she was doing nearly everything right: she stays home in order to be present and active in her children’s lives. She drives carpool several times a week to further bond with her children and their friends. She was making all this wonderful effort and still the worst of the worst was happening right in her own car.
Is there anything you can you do to stop the invasion of your car, your home, and your family sanctuaries by perverts and predators, for crying out loud?
Yes! This is the last column in a three part series on the very real threats posed to our children through modern technology. The first week I covered dangerous Internet content - the prevalence of pornography - and how to keep it out of your home. In week two I discussed how contact is frequently made with your children by those who seek to do them harm, and gave tips to keep children from these online predators. The problems of both pornography and predators are present and dangerous in Web 2.0, but this week I’m focusing more on the conduct of children when they are online.
Here are a few tips to help your child steer clear of negative online conduct – both their own and others’: