Who is Your Child Chatting With?

by Craig

If your child is like most they enjoy going on line and chatting with their friends. Naturally you have talked with them about Internet and on-line safety, but do they always follow the rules?

Rather than just giving them the rules, actually explain them. Many times if you tell a child about your concerns instead of the “because I said so” line, they will listen. At least they are more likely to listen if put that way. It is also a big plus if your child is already comfortable talking with you about those type of things.

Your child may be into chatting, chat definitions and chat rooms. Perhaps they spend quite a bit of time on these activities. As a parent what are these activities and what should you know about them. Chatting is the way kids communicate. This can be done on line where they can chat with friends or even with people they don’t know. As a parent you need to know how much time your child spends chatting and should also know whom they are chatting with.

Sometimes kids use chat definitions to communicate. Normally they are shortened versions of everyday words or sayings and often times it is a language that parents do not understand.  It may be a good idea as a parent to learn some of these words and meanings. Something else that you may want to do will definitely not earn you any brownie points but is necessary. You may want to monitor your kid’s conversations from time to time and let them know that you will be doing so. They will surely protest but you can play that parent trump card of reminding them that you are the parent, this is your home you are paying the bills, etc. Along the same lines know what chat rooms your child is visiting and make sure that they are appropriate.

Now, if you have done your best to try to get your child to follow the rules, but you still feel something is not right you may want to consider getting a keystroke logger for the computer. They are very easy to use and will not be picked up by things like your anti-virus software. You do not have to down load anything, you simply unplug the keyboard from the back of the computer plug the key logger or keykatcher into the keyboard port and then plug the keyboard into the key logger and that’s it. Simply remove it and read the information off of its chip to get what you need.

Hopefully you will not have to do that to your child, but then again, better safe than sorry.

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