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Terms parents need to know when monitoring social networking sites


Social media networks are a great outlet for people, as they allow individuals to reconnect with old friends or offer a place for teens to communicate. However, social networking sites such as Facebook can be concerning when it comes to what kids are saying to one another. According to PC Magazine, SocialShield has recently come out with a series of pseudo-acronyms that all parents need to know to make sure they are safe in cyberspace.

Some of the terms relate to sex, cyberbullying, depression and drinking – and are definitely words parents want to look out for. A few of these terms include PHM or Please Help Me, MIRL is Meet in Real Life, along with POS or AITR, which stand for Parent Over Shoulder and Adult in the Room, respectively, according to the media outlet.

“Many parents think friending their child on social networks is enough to monitor their activities and protect them, yet time and time again it’s shown that it isn’t,” SocialShield CEO George Garrick told the news source. “Most parents don’t have the time to keep up with the sheer volume of interactions or have the understanding of the online language to really get what their kids are saying or what people are saying to their kids. This makes it really easy for problems to go unnoticed.”

In addition to monitoring online interactions, cell phone tracking software can help moms and dads keep tabs on their kids. Parents are able to not only track children or aging adults when they are out, but they can also detect if their child is doing anything inappropriate on their cell phone.

According to The Valley Breeze, Lincoln Middle School in Rhode Island held a meeting with parents to go over what kids share with each other on the internet, and many parents were left speechless. The presentation covered everything from the dangers of uploading photos on Facebook to sharing vacation plans on Twitter.

Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force detectives Kevin Harris and Kevin Petit were the presenters, and they advise parents to consider installing parental monitoring software on their kids’ cell phones and computers. Even though they may not be thrilled at the idea, it could potentially protect them.

“Making the decision to monitor your child’s cell phone might save them,” Harris said during the presentation, the media outlet reports. “You own it. You’re letting them use it.”