IT'S SO EASY - A CHILD CAN DO IT

 

The means of accessing online media electronically changes constantly. The various new technologies being brought to the scene also carry along with them, different new and unforeseen dangers to children. An excerpt from the Holy Bible goes as follows "For wisdom is a defence and money is a defence: but the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom giveth life to them that have it (Ecclesiastes 7:12)” - You can get anything by either wisdom or money, but being wise has many advantages. It is important for us to help children to grow in wisdom and also to understand the various ways that can avoid the risks of online browsing.



The Internet is not supposed to be a tool used for threatening anyone at all, not to talk of children. Possessing a fundamental or rudimentary knowledge of how the Internet is used as well as knowing how to use instant messaging, browse Web pages and partake in other online activities does not make one too old or incapable of learning other things.

Those children who are allowed to access the Internet, as a matter of importance, need adult supervision. Parents, if only for the sake of their children, need to keep abreast with the various Internet trends and new tech being churned out. It is important for parents to keep in mind that a large number of young ones access the cloud via mobile phones, video game consoles as well as a lot of handheld devices.



When learning to drive, these young ones are taught the various means by which they can drive safely. A similar approach needs to be taken when it comes to Internet use. Just as it is not possible for one to stop a child from driving a car forever, it is likewise, not possible to restrict access and use of the Internet permanently. Now, although both activities present dangers to the child, it is important to know that, monitoring the child's use of the Internet while making it known to them that you are, is not tantamount to an invasion of their privacy. The World Wide Web is essentially public. The F.B.I, in the United States, constantly reminds parents to monitor their child's Internet access and online contact via emails and other means, randomly.

 

A cloud study in the U.K revealed that "Nearly 1 in 7 youths between the ages of 8 and 20 have Internet access in their bedroom." A great number of child study and advocacy aficionados encourage parents to keep computers in a busy area at home. Doing this helps in monitoring the Internet activities children engage in and cause children to stay away from less than desirable sites.

Informed decisions centering on the use of the Internet by children as well as the time spent online and sites that can and cannot be visited may be necessary to provide a central guideline and strong understanding relating to the risks involved with the cloud..

A study of the health of more than a hundred thousand children in the U.S from birth to 21 years, was launched by the International Institute of Health (I.I.O.F) in the year 2009. Using a wide variety of tools, this study has been collecting pertinent information. About 8000 tablet PC's were utilized in this study for the study staff who affirm the secure transmission of the data to the central coordinating center, using Virtual Private Network (VPN).

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The transmitted data is to be stored in Oracle and SQL databases. "The size of the central database will certainly be many terabytes," Sarah Keim, Deputy Director for Operations and Logistics for the study says in an interview with Information Week Magazine according to a report by Marianne Kolbasuk McGee.

Monitoring and tracking the children will only go so far in discouraging them from giving in to curiosity. The values impacted as well as the various examples set for these children will go a long way in protecting these children who have access to the Cloud. Parents need to have an open line of communication with their children as this is, absolutely, the best defense against the ills involved with the Internet.Internet software, as well as program controls, are not without weaknesses and loopholes. A large number of Internet Service Providers may offer parental control which acts as "Railings". Ruby on Rails (RoR) is an open source Web application framework which is written in Ruby which is an object oriented programming language and is used for developing database-backed Web applications. Ruby on Rails follows the Model-View-Control pattern, which is a pattern where models, views as well as controllers are integrated seamlessly. These "Railings" block inappropriate "Pop-ups" and also restrict access to potentially harmful sites.

There is other software that prevents children from giving out personal information also.

"Study teams for the I.I.O.F. collect and analyze genetic biological, and environmental samples from children across racial groups, income and education levels, and locations," McGee says. "The IT architecture must support about 1,000 researchers and federal staffing in more than 100 locations. It must comply with federal data security and management standards - yet be reasonably easy to use" Sarah Keim also says.

The study utilizes VPN and .NET applications, as well as some others.

If we are to be completely honest, it is not very possible to monitor children once they are outside the home. That is the reason why it is very important to impact good and proper values in children in order for them to make wiser decisions whether they are in the presence of an adult or not. Also, governing adults need to clearly state the consequences of breaking rules regarding the Cloud. When these rules are broken, appropriate sanctions should be enforced.



 

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