Osteopornosis : def: A degenerate disease
"The media are always talking about
pornography on the internet. I have never seen any of this
stuff. Is it really as bad as they would have you believe"?
A. I had the dubious
honour of attending a
special web developers clinic put on the by city police in Calgary. To say
it was an eye-opener would be a serious understatement. Please
read carefully what I have to say on this subject and do everything
you can to protect your family from what is just a click of the mouse
away at any time. I truly cannot begin to describe the type of
material that is just around the corner. Please believe me when
I say that some of the "light" material we were exposed to was
seriously sick. Protect your family please!
A. The short answer is YES it really is
as bad or worse than they say it is. It is absolutely the dark side of
the internet. If you have never stumbled across it by doing a
simple Google search for something or opening a misguided email then
consider yourself lucky. When someone asks for help because all
of a sudden strange things are happening to their computer it is often
because they (usually HE) was wandering around in the gutter. I
usually check your surfing history before I start trying to help and
if I find gutter surfing. I either wash my
hands and walk away or I turn the
on high and it can be very expensive.
Q. "My kid wants a computer in his bedroom and I
don't think that's healthy but he is being pretty persistent".
"All his friends have one"!
A. Who is running the show and have you spoken to these other
parents? There is not much point in protecting your system
if they can simply go over to "Johnny's" place and surf the world.
You need to get your kids friends parents on the same page or control
your kids access to those kids.
Sorry but the family computer or computers as the case
may be must be in public space in the home. Kids private time on
a computer is just not worth the risk. The sick predators
hang out in chat rooms and now facebook and twitter and lonely kids are ideal victims of these
creeps. In my humble opinion they would be better
off playing street hockey on the freeway than sitting in the corner of
their bedroom chatting back and forth with some sicko. YES this
kind of stuff goes on all around us and you are the only one with the
power to stop it. Something to remember. Click
Q. "Is there any
way to protect my family and my computer from accessing this kind of
A. There are
some settings right in the browser that
allow you to block content but
its pretty general and unless you are quite literate (geek certified)
you may have a problem with the settings. On the other hand
there is software available that kind of takes all the guesswork out
of setting up the protection and it has other features like time
allocation etc. One is called Net Nanny and I have placed a link
in the sidebar of this page. Click on it and take a look.
From what I hear its well worth the $$ for the peace of mind it
A. Not really. I am sure you bought your
kid a fancy "smart phone" cuz everybody has one. You need to
have the "serious talk" and be a real parent. Pay attention.
The stuff we used to see when we would sneak a peek at a Playboy
magazine is Sunday school stuff compared to the sick stuff that is
just a click away for any kid on the internet. Did I say "pay
attention". Did I say "talk to your kids".
Yes kids who sit hour after hour on the computer are
lonely. Sure they need a computer to do a lot of the homework
these days and perhaps type out their essays etc - but that should be
the end of it. Engage them in activities away from the computer.
Take a lesson in parenting 101 somewhere else this is not the forum.
Just put a tight and very public limit on computer time.
Just do it - and
do it now!
before its tooooo late
And thus endth my sermon for this month
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