Defending My Daughter

For a while now I’ve been a member of the BitMoms community. The goal of this group is to bring awareness and help defend our children from online threats. I am an active member because I understand why this was so important. As far as personal experience goes though I had none. Until last week.

My oldest daughter is in middle school now. She has her own Netbook where she mostly spends forever watching movies. I want her to feel empowered and have sense of being “mature”, so I let her THINK I don’t monitor her as much. Sneaky I know.. but once a week I wait for her to go to school and then snatch that sucker up and snoop.

She isn’t allowed on FaceBook or Twitter but she does use email. I THOUGHT that would make her less likely to have to deal with cyber bullies for a few more years.. WRONG! She had several emails from a “friend” telling her she was fat and all sorts of other “classic” taunts (really you’d think these kids would be more freaking creative!). I deleted the messages. Kids tend to return to the scene of the “crime” with cyber bully issues so I nixed that crap. I sat her down and talked to her about my “back in the day” experiences will my bully

Hello Vicky how’s life at the Gas station treating you these days? Oh, me? I’m great, you know writing for a living, great house, fab hubby, good kids. What, you’re STILL on probation? I’m sorry to hear that *snicker*

Oops, pardon the fantasizing there.  The point being I wanted her to know I had her back, that these things do happen but that we all have the tools to fight them. To that end I’d love to share with you some of the skills that the folks at BitDefender hook us BitMoms and our peeps up with.

BitDefender’s Downloadable Guide to Protecting Children Online

The prevalence of computers in our daily lives means that our children are exposed to them at a very early age.  Our kids watch our every move, including those online, and want to emulate the behavior they see.  Regardless of the many benefits that constant internet access brings, the online world remains a risky place for kids.
BitDefender’s new Protecting Children Online guide is a downloadable PDF that’s designed to be shared with friends, family members, and community groups to spread the word about online safety.
Protecting Children Online provides an overview of the risks and dangers kids can be subjected to on the internet and e-threats designed to target personal data.  It also contains tips for children, teens, parents, and teachers with practical advice and easy to implement solutions that can assist you in protecting your family online.
This printable guide that can be emailed, printed, and shared with friends and loved ones alike in order to keep everyone safe in cyberspace.

This article was provided as exclusive content by BitDefender because of my role as a BitMom Blog Network Member.  No compensation was received for sharing this post however, BitMoms does provide me with a conference stipend and other materials to help me facilitate sharing topics of internet safety and security with my readers and through the BitMom Community.

About BitDefender®– BitDefender is the creator of one of the industry’s fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified security software. Every day, BitDefender protects tens of millions of home and corporate users across the globe — giving them the peace of mind of knowing that their digital experiences will be secure. More information about BitDefender and its products are available on the company’s website.

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