If you have a laptop, look at the top of it. Now what do you see? More than likely you are looking at a webcam. Most of the laptops that you purchase these days come with a webcam sitting on the top of them. And we are not just talking about the high end laptops. Even the below $200 netbooks come with webcams on them.
With the arrival of social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, and G+ there has been an increased demand for computers to have a webcam included with them. And if you add on the popularity of an app like Skype then you start to see why webcams are in such huge demand. If you are of a certain age then you have seen for years people on TV being able to see each other when they talk on the telephone. We have now arrived at that time. But there are security issues that you have to worry about.
When it comes to webcams, one of the many security issues that you have to worry about is when it comes to your kids. And when we say kids what we really means is when it comes to your teenagers. Teenagers do not yet realize how powerful the internet really is and they tend to think that only they and their friends are going to see the items that they post on a public network. They think that as long as they make the item private on Facebook then it will not get out to the public. That is not the case at all.
People like to share the stuff that they find exciting on the internet. So if you post an embarrassing video on the web, no matter if it is marked private or not, then you can believe that it will be shared. And the proliferation of webcams on every computer makes it so easy to do that.
You have to explain to your kids that when they post something on the web that everyone will be able to see it. You have to really stress to them that they must be careful or they going to end up on the bad side of the outcome. Even if the video does not have them starring in it, they have to realize that they can still get into serious trouble for posting it.
Webcams are very fun to have but you must tell your kids the power that the cameras can have as well.