Email Virus vs. Our Kids

Is Internet a Necessary Evil For Our Kids?

The Internet can be a very useful place for our kids on many levels, especially when doing research, but it can also be very a dangerous place that is treated by many parents as a necessary evil.

The interaction of children with Internet is often seen too narrowly. We, as parents have the tendency of focusing on safe browsing of the Web. This way of thinking is completely understandable, especially that the Web can sometimes seem like one big Red Light District.

The web surfing is not the only source of objectionable materials online. Email messaging systems are a great part of the Internet and can be just as dangerous not only for u s, but for our kids.

We can say that there must be some other way to let our children exchange messages with family members and friends while protecting them from the predators on the internet, phishing email, and tempting looking graphics with celebrities or well known cartoon characters. There is no question, we need to protect our kids, so what can we do?

Set Up a “MAIL NANNY” of Sort?

Do we need to set up a MAIL NANNY to keep the onslaught of online waste from forcing their way into our homes? Here are the three popular options of setting up an email for our young ones while trying to maintain parental control: AOL, Windows Live Mail, and a service called Bsecure CloudCare Version.

Lets take a closer look at them. Each lets you set up individual access log-ins for each kid and tries to help restrict the usage, such as who they can e-mail and who can e-mail them. Here’s what you need to know about all three.


Popular Email Solutions Are Not So Effective

Kids + AOL = KOL
What do you have to watch for with Cross AOL’s child-oriented Web portal e-mail service? AOL Parental Controls are not nearly as sophisticated as some of the standalone software available, even though the parents are able to create custom settings such as an time limit online and a report of the activity. The problem is also with Instant Messenger content that can blocked but not filtered and even friendly editors at CNET named the system “buggy.”

Microsoft has a solution, but each child has to have Windows Live ID. The contact control is only limited to Microsoft services and there isn’t any notification system set up for parents in case of violations occur. On top of it all a non-signed application can evade any program blocking with ease.

Bsecure CloudCare in not capable of handling secure anonymizing proxies. The program settings controls can easily be broken. IM monitoring will not get the full conversation and can be broken by a smart kid, who in addition could really get by almost all parental controls.

Bottom Line: America Online, as well as Microsoft are asking you to pass significant amount of tedious steps to set up an email account for your child. There are other solutions that offer more protection with less investment of time and energy. The best and the most effective way to deal with email virus is to maintain them away from your computer system or network. To accomplish this effectively, you will need a good software tool. Only after all suspicious emails are dealt with, should you allow to download them on to your computer.

BIO
Andrew Thomas advocates against spam distribution. The mission is to educate the public about spammers tactics and dishonest promotion efforts. Also, how to keep clean our resources from digital garbage. His personal story and recommendations are at www.webbaster.com