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02-24-2012, 06:36 AM
Four year olds used to steal their parents' data

02-24-2012, 08:51 AM
The moral of this tale? Don’t use your laptop as a babysitter, and don’t be one of the 24.7% of parents who, according to BitDefender’s research, don’t supervise their young kids’ online activity.

It amazes me how many parents let their young children online by themselves. 4yo? That is crazy.

02-24-2012, 09:05 AM
You obviously don't have a four year old. :)

At age 2 they start using paint and drawing programs that are controlled by a mouse. At age 3 they have a stack of educational software and games. By age 4 they can navigate Nickelodeon and have a line of bookmarks for parent approved game sites, and they are typing in Word and printing out "stories". By 5 they learn about YouTube because it has cheats for games, and cartoons - and their classrooms and school libraries have computers. At home they are putting pictures onto their stories. They have digital cameras and know how to upload pictures and incorporate them into publishing programs. Grammar school kids have video cameras and talk by Skype.

Kids really do not become fluent in the written word - that is, able to carry on conversations via IM - until around age 12. THAT is when you really have to keep an eye on their computer activities, because they simply do not have the street smarts to recognize predators or handle sexual situations that they may be exposed to online.

This new trick is basically installing spyware via advertisements, and I will guarantee there are links from parent approved sites to that spyware. Maybe not directly from Nick or a safe game site, but likely on a secondary destination site.