Previously published in Examiner
Part 3 of the policing the Internet series
Policing the Internet for the safety of children continued
There are other tools available such as Internet Nanny, which will block a child from accessing certain sites, but Montreal children are quite internet savvy, sometimes more so, than their parents and many Montreal teenagers can work around these protection devices, signing in as their parents and using other tricks.
There are still other tools that will block your ISP from certain sites however, what stops your teenager from accessing the web at a friend’s house? The parent must take an active role in policing the internet. Not only do you have to be vigilant in monitoring your kids internet activity at home, you must know if the school, daycare, after school programs, and parents of friends, employ the necessary tools as well. Again these tools do not protect older teenagers who can be very sneaky in the ways they will use the Internet without your approval or awareness.
According to KidsHealth.com “Call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678 if you’re aware of the transmission, use, or viewing of child pornography online. Contact your local law enforcement agency or the FBI if your child has received child pornography via the Internet.”
In Montreal, information about family internet safety can be obtained at: http://www.google.ca/familysafety/. There are the safe tools and services offered to Montrealers as there are for Americans, however there is no Internet Protection Act for kids in Canada at this time.
Social organizations policing their members’ activities.
Although there is a national outcry in Canada and the USA for legislation to force the big social networks to police their member’s activities and thus signal abnormal behavior or comments. These big companies also fear that they will be infringing upon the right to privacy rights.
However, “Online privacy organizations say the whole notion of content oversight by service providers is misconceived. And they scoff at the suggestion that such supervision could take place without actually reading the material, thereby protecting the customers’ rights to privacy. “