1. Keeping Your Kids Safe from Online Predators with Router Limits
As parents, we spend half our lives using our extra-third-eyeball watching for dangers to our children….parking lots, hot stoves, potential falls and more… ‘Watch both ways before you cross!’ ‘Seatbelts save lives’ And the ever-popular…’Make good choices!’ But how much time do we spend looking at dangers posed to our kids online? Do we even know what’s going on behind that screen time?
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There isn’t much else as up close and personal to our kids these days than apps like Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook….

Internet Dangers Are you paying attention to how much, when and where your kids are online? Like you, we’ve heard plenty of studies listing reasons to limit screen time. Many are related to learning ability, growth and physical fitness.  Maybe you are like me in sharing a repeated struggle of asking your kids to ‘Turn that thing off.’ What’s more… I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve told my kids not to randomly search content and images online. No matter how innocent the search terms- something inappropriate almost invariably pops up.

While growth, learning and regular exercise are all compelling reasons to watch your kids network activity, there are yet unseen dangers to your kids online. Predators lurking in the shadows of the internet. Internet World Stats.com estimates almost half of the world’s population is online. http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm Any one of these 3.7 billion people may have fingertip access to searching, tracking and stalking your children from anywhere in the world.

Why is internet safety so important? What could happen really?

With a large population of people online in the world your child has potential for daily exposure to inappropriate content, identity theft as well as individual internet creeps and stalkers.
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Did you know… the internet is also a main hangout for organized crime? In 2011, the FBI reported there are approximately 1.4 million active street, prison, and OMG gang members comprising more than 33,000 gangs in the United States alone.
  • Gang members prefer money makers like drugs, but also human trafficking because it is a re-usable commodity.
  • Montana’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Reports 1 in 25 youth in Montana will receive an online solicitation where the solicitor tried to initiate offline contact.
  • It’s estimated 1.2 million children worldwide are victims of human trafficking. Traffickers prey on children because they are vulnerable and moldable. Victims are lured in, groomed, conditioned and brainwashed. It is a tested and true process that passed on through generations of traffickers. http://www.endslaverynow.org/blog/articles/basic-stages-of-grooming-for-sexual-exploitation Traffickers move frequently from state to state and hide in the shadows of the internet and websites like Craigslist and Backpage.
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But this is Billings, Montana? Those things don’t happen here!

A statement those working to bring awareness to internet dangers and trafficking hear all too often. A few years ago my eyes were first opened to trafficking in Billings. It happens here.

In May 2017, Tumbleweed, an organization serving runaways, reported documenting over 70 victims of trafficking over 18 months in just Billings alone. http://billingsgazette.com/news/local/victims-of-human-trafficking-have-been-found-in-area-in/article_5a47acdf-9296-5a0b-b873-d18a3d3890d6.html

The good news? More organizations are being formed to fight trafficking and placing pressure on government to help and the media to report it.  Increased awareness in the legislature and media is mainly thanks to work by local organizations such as:

What Can I Do to Protect My Kids?

  1. Get Involved. Know what apps your kids are using, how often and for how long. You are not your childs best buddy. YOU are their staunch and fearless protector.
  2. Talk openly. with your kids about internet dangers and safety! Set Rules and Guidelines. Montana’s Internet Crimes Against Children offers tips on what and what not to say here: https://www.icactaskforce.org/Pages/InternetSafetyTools.aspx
  3. Watch for changes in behavior. Is your child more moody, depressed or withdrawn than usual? Do they get on the internet at the same time every day? Check out Child Development Institute’s website for more things to look out for:  https://childdevelopmentinfo.com/family-living/kids-media-safety/children-teens-web-internet-safety/#.Wc7Gz0yZORsRouter Limits Comtech Billings
  4. Take Action! Beef up your network! Here’s where Router Limits can help. Installing filters and blocks on your home network allows for tracking and control of  screen time and activity. At a cost of just $80-100 for a Router Limits device and $15-20/month for cloud service, you can have a professionally installed,  intelligent addition to your router with many features for locking down your network and protecting your children. It’s a very affordable option for safety and so worth it. You can’t control every second of your childs life- But you will know what they see, do and hear at home! This might be the product that saves your kid’s life.
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    Limits is more than a net nanny… you track what your kid is seeing online and block websites you don’t want them to see. And… you can also choose when they are allowed to see it. It works even if they are incognito mode or have cleared their history. You can set up multiple users.Once it’s installed it’s easy to use and change. What’s more- it works for any device on your network including iPhone and Android cell phones, smart TVS, Xbox, Play Station and Bluray Players- anything connected to the internet.Whether you just want to limit, video game or tv time or you are more worried about other risks- Router Limits assists you in keeping that third eyeball out on your kids screen time. Check it out here: http://www.comtechmt.com/residential-systems/home-network/

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  5. Lastly- if you notice suspicious activity- Report It! Tips can be reported online to the Montana Internet Crimes Against Children task force (ICAC) here:
    http://mticac.org/submit-a-tip/ OR call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Cyber Tips Hotline http://www.missingkids.com/cybertipline at 800-843-5678
Melanie Tripp is on the board as PR Director for Zonta Club of Billings. She is an entrepreneur and owner of Comtech Audio Theater Security, Drones of Montana and LocoTown Custom Gear.

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