When our children are very young, we go out of our way to protect them from anything that could hurt them. If there is a set of stairs, we help them down. If there is a chair, we help them up. If there is a knife in the kitchen, we keep it out of their reach. If there are cleaning bottles in the bathroom, we lock the cabinets.
As every parent understands, parenting never ends.
Our children will grow and mature, and with age comes bigger problems than the Pine-Sol under the counter, or the set of stairs in the kitchen.
The colossal accessibility of the internet to everyone at all times of the day is overwhelming, at best. Even the strictest homes will have times or periods when something unexpected happens.
According to research by Ofcom:
- 18% of children 12-15 years old have learned how to disable Internet filters;
- 47% of kids aged 12-15 delete their browser history;
- 29% can mask their browsing history;
- Over 50% of parents of 8-15 year old kids admit that they know less about using the Internet than their children.
WebProtectMe understands the plight of the parent who is doing their best to protect their children from too much, too soon. This is why we have developed the custom tools in our Safe Browser so every home has complete control over content.
Some unanticipated problems parents face is beyond the realm of even online adult content: teens these days are facing an uphill battle with mental health issues.
Mental health is a serious issue which is being addressed, thankfully, more and more these days. Schools, churches, organizations, groups and families are all rallying behind the awareness of mental health advocacy in numerous ways.
- Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year.
- Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—9.8 million, or 4.0%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
- Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%.
There is nothing more important than the safety of our children.
WebProtectMe is serious about advocating for the promotion of safe mental health spaces online, and to be advocates for groups, families and individuals to find those online safe spaces.
WebProtectMe Safe Browser can be a powerful tool for anyone suffering from mental illness:
- Filtering online content will prevent pornography, inappropriate content, violence, offensive content and threatening behaviors from being available,
- Parents have the ability to create custom filters in their accounts to protect their homes to reflect values they hold dear,
- Mental health is a long road of recovery, and sometimes we need to be protected from triggers. WebProtectMe will enable every user to filter trigger words/ideas/people, in order to continue the road to recovery.
Remember, communication with your child is paramount to any tool. Children who are able to openly discuss fears, interests, questions or concerns are more likely to stay away from trouble in the first place. A foundation of trust will build a better future than even the mightiest wall or the safest web browser.
Installing WebProtectMe Safe Browser on your family’s devices will enable you to not only protect your home against pornography, inappropriate content, violence, offensive material, but above all, make sure you, and the people around you, know that there are people who are available to talk anytime.
If you or a loved one needs help, please reach out to a trusted friend, a local church, or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1‑800‑273‑TALK (8255) or Live Online Chat. Trained crisis workers are available to talk 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your confidential and toll-free call goes to the nearest crisis center in the Lifeline national network. These centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals.