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Monitoring Software Can Stop Cyberbullying Before It Gets Out of Control

Pandora : 28 July, 2010  (New Product)
Pandora uses the Jessi Slaughter case as an example in demonstrating how the use of computer monitoring software can stop cases of cyber-bullying early enough to prevent the problem from escalating
Monitoring Software Can Stop Cyberbullying Before It Gets Out of Control
Last week, a media firestorm erupted around an 11-year-old girl who was cyberbullied mercilessly by anonymous members of an Internet website. According to ABC News, the young girl - self-dubbed "Jessi Slaughter" - was bullied online, being accused of sexual promiscuity and called various insulting names.

"That's when things took a turn for the worst," says Jamie Leasure, co-founder of Pandora, makers of PC Pandora 6.0 computer monitoring software. "Instead of alerting her parents, Jessi took matters into her own hands and became an aggressor herself."

Jessi videotaped a 5-minute video rant, raging at her online tormentors. Filled with an astonishing amount of profanity and violent threats of her own, her tirade proved to be the fuel that lit a bonfire. A swarm of more experienced and vicious web-savvy users virtually pounced on her and the insults and threats started coming fast and furious.

News reports say the girl's full name and personal details were eventually posted online. Death threats soon followed, and the family was moved into protective custody. The dust has settled now, but state police are investigating the matter and Jessi is in therapy.

Leasure says the key to reducing cyberbullying is stopping incidents as quickly as possible. In the case of "Jessi Slaughter," the situation may have been avoided had the parents been aware of the initial bullying she was experiencing.

"It stands to reason that if Jessi's parents knew she was being bullied, and that some folks were saying un-kind things about her online, they could have stepped in to help her before she took matters into her own hands," explains Leasure. "Parents must be aware of what their child is doing online and what is happening in their digital lives. Just as much as parents should be concerned when their child is a victim, they should take steps to make certain their child is not an aggressor in any way, or making an easily-resolvable situation worse."

Cyberbullying is the epidemic that parents, educators and the government must immediately focus on. Advocacy groups and experts are calling for and suggesting solutions, but the success of halting this global problem hinges almost entirely on the parents of the kids involved - both those of the victims and the bullies.

Pandora is the maker of PC Pandora 6.0 computer monitoring software. Much like the DVR on your TV, PC Pandora records everything and anything you tell it to on your PC. The software makes it possible for parents to view screenshots of everything their child does on the computer and view all emails sent and received, instant messenger conversations, social networking chats and posts, websites visited and much more. Whatever a child does online, good or bad, PC Pandora will show the parents everything.

"PC Pandora 6.0 lets parents know exactly what their young surfers are doing online and see first-hand how they are interacting with others," explains Leasure. "If their child is being bullied, they will have records and information they can use to help put an end the situation before it gets worse."

PC Pandora can also work on the flip-side, when a parent may have a bully in their house.

According to Leasure: "In some situations, PC Pandora might reveal that a child is the aggressor or a participant in bullying others. If that is the case, parents will have the information needed to sit down and talk to their child. They can put an end to the behaviour before schools or law enforcement get involved, or before the situation spirals out of control, like the recent incident."


The "Jessi Slaughter" situation also makes a clear case for the need to monitor Internet activity of all young surfers. While most parents feel filtering content and blocking a few websites is enough, it won't stop your child from creating a video of themselves and posting it on one website or another.

"You can block Facebook and YouTube, but they'll just go to MySpace and use Google Video," says Leasure. "A strong monitoring program like our PC Pandora 6.0 is essential in keeping kids safe online, because it eliminates the guesswork and false assumptions of safety - it shows you exactly what they are doing and tells you whether or not they are taking risks."

And when it comes to getting the job of monitoring Internet activity done right, PC Pandora has been recognized by as an 'extremely effective' tool. As a top rated parental control and monitoring product, numerous easy-to-use features and a low price point make PC Pandora a popular choice for many parents.

"The big takeaway from this story should be that it is essential for all parents to monitor their young child's activity and behaviour on the Internet just as they would in real life," says Leasure. "Fortunately, we have made the task of doing this incredibly easy with PC Pandora 6.0. There's no reason not to know what your kids are doing on the Internet."
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