Webcams make it fun for people to see each on computer screens. There are, however, many dangers using these devices.
Who ever thought the day would come when people could actually see each while communicating through a computer. Well, that is just what a webcam allows. It is a major advancement in technology being used worldwide. While it is fun for a tween to use a webcam, there are some dangers. Here are precautions parents should take to make sure using a webcam is safe.
Monitor Webcam Activity
Parents should monitor webcam activity that goes on in the home. It is the responsibility of parents to make sure that tweens and teens are using the device appropriately. It is not uncommon for kids to get carried away with the freedoms that a webcam allows, such as talking about things that should not be said through webcams because the video can be saved and, thus, vulnerable to be watched by someone who was not intended to hear sensitive information (such as giving away home location, phone number, etc.).
Another danger with webcams is a teen feeling comfortable about performing risque acts while using a webcam, such as between a boyfriend and girlfriend. Not only is the actual act unacceptable, but again, the video can later be viewed by others who were never intended to see it.
Where to Place a Webcam
To help avoid potential dangers, it is important to require a webcam to be placed in a heavily used room in the home and be designated as a family-shared device. Parents have fun using a webcam to keep in touch with far away family and friends, so it is only fair that everyone have the chance to use it.
Limit Webcam Usage
Another webcam precaution is that parents should set limits on how long a child can use the device in a single session. Be sure to give the child enough time to enjoy the interaction, but not so long that imaginations start to wander and inappropriate conversations and actions take place.
An activity that tweens and teens like to do with webcams is start a web show. This instantly brings to mind the popular TV series iCarly, which undoubtedly made the use of webcams explode. Be mindful that a web show will bring a home into view of potential viewers. While a web show itself can be fun and tasteful, it does make the location of the show vulnerable.
Highly Potential Webcam Dangers
The above-mentioned dangers of webcams are focused on an individual’s personal use. Here are potential dangers that are out of a user’s control. Keep these dangers in mind when allowing a tween or teen to use a webcam.
•Keep in mind that each webcam comes with an Internet address that can be tracked by anyone.
•Webcams are susceptible to computer viruses.
•Webcams come with a password feature. Use the feature and change passwords often.
Parents can purchase monitoring software to track webcam usage in the home. This will help make sure that kids are using the device appropriately. Webcams can be a fun communication device for the entire family. Keep it that way for a long time to come.