Sixty percent of children admitted to experiencing some form of cyberbullying, according to a 2012 Ipsos poll. Even though your child may not exposed to schoolyard bullying while being homeschooled, cyberbullying is still a threat, especially since it can occur anonymously and may be more difficult for parents to detect. It is important that you are aware of how your child is treating others or being treated in the online world. Here are some of the best devices, software and apps that will help you be in-the-know about your child’s online activities to best protect them:
SocialShield is program that monitors social networking sites that can be accessed via computer or phone. The software aims to protect your child’s reputation and alert you of any unusual activity on his or her accounts. SocialShield will detect any reputation-harming watch words in posts, discussions, photos, and videos and provide parents with a safety score on a scale of one to 10.
CyberSynchs is data backup software that allows synchronization of phone and computer. This program also has a parental mode setting, which allows parents to receive reports from their child’s phone. The software will notify you when there are any words that indicate bullying, sexual behavior or violence. Parents can block any harmful sites or data, as well as view the child’s last GPS location.
Cyberbullying can occur through any means of electronic communication, including your child’s personal cellphone. Luckily with today’s smartphones, there are apps that help parents monitor the interactions that occur over your child’s phone. PureSight aims to protect children from the hazards of cyberbullying. The app identifies and blocks undesirable contacts and potentially harmful discussions that have bully keywords. The app also has Active Content recognition, which will classify and block inappropriate or undesirable websites.
The newest smart device is one of the best tools to stay in contact with your child. The more aware you are of your child’s surroundings, the better you can ensure his or her safety. Smartwatches like the Samsung Gear S2 are equipped with GPS, which helps you keep track of your child’s location. If your child is in any distressing situation, he or she can email or text message you via Wi-Fi so that you can respond immediately. Many of the anti-bullying or Internet-monitoring apps you have on your phone can also be accessed through your smartwatch if you wear one as well.
A few strategically placed home surveillance cameras can offer you peace of mind to know your child is safe at all times. Equip your house with smart surveillance cameras that you can access and view through your smartphone. You will be able to make sure your child is safe at home when you aren’t around to monitor him or her. You can use these cameras to read his or her body language while on the phone or computer, which allows you to see if he or she is distressed by any interactions through these devices.