Monday, 21st January 2013
CREATING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT ON THE INTERNET FOR OUR KIDS – There is a plethora of free information available to parents in the pursuit of monitoring what our kids view online and their activities on the social networks. Sadly, with all this information available there are still thousands of cases each year depicting all manner crimes against children, via social networks, including everything from grooming and bullying and often with devastating effects.
These problems are now being compounded by the surge in use of mobile devices, such as Smart Phones and Tablets, making the parent’s job of monitoring their activities even harder.
In the UK the Prime Minister, David Cameron, has appointed a new advisor on ‘Childhood’, Claire Perry, who insists that parents must take a more active role in avoiding internet abuse by checking their children’s text messages and online activities with these mobile devices.
Claire Perry has openly voiced her concern regarding the growing trend of chatting to complete strangers and the activity of ‘sexting’ – an activity where children are sending each other, and even sometimes to complete strangers, explicit images of themselves. In her own words, parents have become complicit and now need to take direct action before their children become victims of perverts roaming the social networks looking for an easy target.
Of course there are Liberal Rights Groups that feel it is inappropriate for parents to spy on their children’s activities as this would violate their right to privacy. What I fail to understand is how any such group could see a parent as actively trying to prevent harm to their children been seen as a privacy issue.
Claire Perry insists, and in my view rightly so, that parents should systematically go through their child’s mobile devices and read through messages, images and activity on their social networks. This has nothing to do with privacy but should be seen as a responsible way to protect our children from the darker side of social interaction.
The trouble is we have we have given way to the fanciful delusions of a world where everyone respects everyone else and that that liberalism is the way to social harmony, however the stark truth is that we now live in a society that gags us and restrains us from taking appropriate action against those in society that wish us, and more alarmingly our children harm, all because the liberals vehemently defend the rights of the criminals and admonish those who wish to restrict or monitor certain aspects of social behaviour for the protection of the innocent.
We really need to get a grip on the situation and its time parents were stopped from feeling guilty about watching or monitoring their kids’ activities – we are their guardians, their teachers and role models and out very actions determine what our children will become and how they themselves will act when they become parents. Note carefully the word ‘Guardians’ for that is exactly what a parent it, a guardian of our children’s rights not to be abused and to guard them against the perils of the liberal order where liberals often feel that it is not the criminal that is at fault but society – well think about is, if we were not so liberal then maybe these criminals would never have become what they are, with the right type of guidance from their guardians.
I would urge any parent to turn off the modem at night – keep it in your bedroom and switch it off so that your children cannot have access while you are unable to monitor their activities. This should also be extended to their mobile devices and yes you should check through their accounts to ensure that their activities are not harmful to them.
Let’s stop being liberal and start being concerned and proactive citizens that use their common sense rather than bow down to some idiot who believes political correctness is the route to a Utopian society in la la land.