CYBER THREAT: IS YOUR CHILD SAFE?
Internet provides a medium for abundance information. It is a must for every child. Give the wealth of information, it provides many benefits to every child. They use it for homework, projects, to play games, and to communicate with relatives or friends. Will all the benefits; the internet also has many dangers. A child can be exposed to violent, pornographic, or other objectionable content. Many children use internet chat with friends (strangers), have online profile that includes photos or personally identifying information, or to engage in imprudent, questionable or illegal activities. The entire problem described above is for real.
- The 'dangerous' social media profiles of Surat rapists: The profile details and the kind of 'friends' the accused have, gives a clear picture of the young men, who hunted down young girls using social networking sites
- It's hard to say cheese!. Photo abuses and growing obscenity on social networking sites in a matter of grave concern. If your daughter is on one of the popular networking sites, make sure she is more wary than wires.
- It was one of those normal evenings when Parmeet Kaur (name changed), a software engineer in Chennai, logged on to a social networking site to unwind from work and catch up with friends. But one and a half minutes later, the evening turned shocking and miserable for her. What she saw was a cheeky scrap and forward to a profile that had her semi-nude photo in another girl’s profile, tagged as her sister who flagged joint hints of intimate advances and indecent invites. Parmeet’s photo had been brazenly and easily tampered with. After many weeks of tension and repeated requests to the social networking site, the ID was removed. She vowed never to be vulnerable again. Victims like Parmeet, are not one-off. They belong to the new breed of cautious social network site users who either have said goodbye to networking or have got extremely careful with their communities and photographs
- This February, the father of a South Delhi schoolgirl suffered from the fake profile of his daughter posted on a social networking site that not only described the teenager as a ’sex teacher’, but also contained obscene photographs and her contact details. He lodged a complaint with the Cyber Cell of the Delhi Police’s Economic Offences after his family started receiving calls following the appearance of the fake profile.
- There has been a spurt in social networking site-related obscenity cases in various parts of India. Cases of misuse on social network have been reported widely. In Bangalore, there have been eight to ten social networking-related complaints concerning pictures of young girls that have been posted on communities with lewd allusions and a listing of the victims’ mobile numbers.
- An 11 year old boy in Bangalore had been influenced by the ponographic site and sent out an obscene mail to one of his teachers. When the teacher complained, the Police swooped in on the boy and his well off parents. Though the complainant later agreed to withdraw the case, it appears that the Police insisted that they have to book a case under Section 67 of ITA 2000. Desperate parents had to go through lot of trouble to get his son released ... and the Police had to be persuaded with lot of effort.
- Fifteen-year-old Anita met Rahul on a social networking website. He flooded her with scraps, emails and e-greetings. After online interaction for three months, they came face to face for the first time at a coffee shop. The teenager realised only then that Rahul was married with two
- A Mumbai teenager Adnan Patrawala, son of a businessman was trapped on a social networking site and later he was murdered. Adnan’s social networking profile says, I love mobiles, friends, my mother, fast driving, humorous, good looking, wanna become a pilot etc. Two or three weeks back he came in contact with Angel, a profile created by someone by utilizing the name of a girl. Scrapbooks of Adnan and Angel revealed that they were continuously talking to each other. According to scrapbooks, Angel was continuously insisting Adnan to meet her, but Adnan wanted Angel’s photograph first, which was never sent by her. In reply Angel said " Don’s worry? m quite & gud looking, u wanna meet me??? Lez mette up na! wot say?" Finally on Saturday Adnan replied that he wanted to meet her, which became the cause of his death. Sixteen-year-old was kidnapped last Saturday and then his friends allegedly strangulated him. On Monday evening Adnan was found dead in Navi Mumbai. Death of Adnan Patrawala has greatly shocked his family members and shockwaves have spread across the city.
How do online predators work?
Predators establish contact with kids through conversations in chat rooms, instant messaging, e-mail, discussion boards or social networking sites. Predators often go to these online areas to look for vulnerable victims. Online predators try to gradually seduce their targets through attention, affection, kindness, and even gifts, and often devote considerable time, money, and energy to this effort. They're aware of the latest music and hobbies likely to interest kids. They listen to and sympathize with kids' problems. They also try to ease young people's inhibitions by gradually introducing sexual content into their conversations or by showing them sexually explicit material. Some predators work faster than others, engaging in sexually explicit conversations immediately. This more direct approach may include harassment or stalking. Predators may also evaluate the kids they meet online for future face-to-face contact.
Do You Know Where Your Kids Are…Online?
Report's carried out on kids found that about one in five kids admitted to looking at or doing things online that they knew their parents wouldn’t condone. This year they got caught, with about one in five online parents saying they have nabbed their kids for unapproved online behavior. Some of the findings of survey done on kids in the age of 9-19 years
- 57% of these young people have come into contact with pornography online (while only 16% of parents said they had); 10% of 9-to-19-year-olds say they seek out porn on purpose. Of teens (12-to-19-year-olds), 68% said they've seen porn online, 20% "many times."
- 8% of those (9-19) who go online at least once a week have met face-to-face with someone they first met on the Net.
- 46% have given out personal information online (5% of parents said the children had done so). By "personal info," the kids meant full name, age, phone number, email address, school name, etc.
- One-third have received unwanted sexual or nasty comments online (only about 5% of parents appear aware of this).
- 40% of 9-to-19-year-olds "have pretended about some aspect of themselves online" (roleplaying or "identity play").
- 19% have Internet access in their bedrooms; fewer than half of connected computers at home are in public parts of the house, and 79% of kids with home access say they mostly use the Net alone.
According to the another survey, "Many 9-to-19-year-olds worried that if they told their parents about negative experiences, their Net use would be severely restricted or their parents would overreact," which only confirms that the onus is on parents to understand how their children are using the Net. As for how kids use the Web, it's probably not a huge surprise but helpful to have it confirmed that young people are much more interactors than consumers. They complete quizzes in Web sites (44%), set up their own sites or blogs (34%), send emails or text messages to sites (25%), vote for things online (22%), send photos or stories to sites (17%), post on message boards (17%), give advice to others (9%), sign petitions (8%), and fill out forms (8%). That's all in addition to straight-out communications over the Net - email (90%), instant-messaging, chat, etc.
GajShield’s SecureChild Service
GajShield has taken on a mission to protect every child from the threats of the internet. GajShield will provide a service which will monitor the activities of your child on the internet and give parents a detailed report. It will also block sites not meant for kids like ponography and violent sites. It will monitor their activities on social networking sites like facebook and orkut. It will also monitor the mails sent by the child using sites like Gmail, Yahoo, Rediff and Hotmail. Parents can set policies to block any personal information provided by the kids on internet sites.
GajShield SecureChild features
- Monitor your child activity on the Internet
- Block pornographic and violent contents from kids
- Schedule the time when your kid can browse the internet.
- Safe Search of GajShield, takes advantage of the “safe search” content filtering capabilities built into image search engines, such as Google, and Yahoo. If enabled, the GajShield Image Safe Search feature restricts the display of objectionable content in cached image search results.
- Monitor scraps posted by your child on social networking sites like FaceBook and Orkut
- Monitor all mails send by your child by using sites like Hotmail, Yahoo, Rediff, Gmail
- Set policies to block personal information provided by the child.
- Scan for viruses, spyware and adware of all files downloaded from the internet.
- Complete logs of online activity of your child. Giving details of sites visited. Will help parents to understand what the child does online.
- Keywords used in search engines like google. This will help parents in understanding internet usage.
- Protect your internet activities from viruses. This service will scan all downloads from the internet for viruses and block them.
- No heavy software to be installed on your PC. Only a light software installed. Does not interfere in your day to day activity and does not load the system at all.
- Reduce your month internet bill by blocking non required contents being downloaded.