Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Can Video Chat Get You Into Trouble? What You Should Know Before You ‘Cam Up

Can Video Chat Get You Into Trouble? What You Should Know Before You ‘Cam Up


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Can Video Chat Get You Into Trouble? What You Should Know Before You ‘Cam Up

Video chat or “camming” is one of the most popular forms of communication for teens. This generation finds texting, email, and phone calls “old school” ways to communicate. They simply turn on their web cams and talk to their friends.

While other people may find this type of communication fascinating or helpful, it is the teen set that uses video chat more than any other group. And it is because of this that parents must be cautious.

Predators are a Real Danger

Just like with every other new invention, there is always a bad point to the technology. Video chat may have made the Internet a more personable way to talk to your friends, but it has also opened up a new way for sexual predators to access your kids.

It is becoming more popular for these adults to access teen talk rooms and start to impose themselves. In 2012, a North Carolina man was arrested and charged for entering into a teen talk space and convincing a 14 year old girl to perform sexual acts for him while he downloaded the video to his computer hard drive. Upon arrest, it was found that this man had many such encounters downloaded on his computer.

A Case of Mistaken Identity Hurts

Aside from police stings, in rare cases, some adults are victims of underage individuals claiming to be adults. In this scenario, the young person presents themselves as 18 or older and participates in questionable or inappropriate behavior. Unfortunately, the adult is not aware that they are engaging in, what could be considered, lewd behavior or internet solicitation. In situations where adults are charged with a crime such as this, it is advised to seek legal consultation. Criminal law attorneys, such as a firm like Powers McCartan PLLC or an online law service, often have experience in internet solicitation and may prove to be helpful in this unfortunate situation.

Though it can be very difficult to determine the proper age of the internet user you are video chatting with, it is always a good idea to go with your instinct. If something or someone seems too good to be true, they probably are. In addition, refraining from sexual behavior or conversation may be the best course of action if you do not want this incident to come back to haunt you. 

Your Teen Needs to Be Aware

A parent has to be rational about online chat sites. They need to inform their teen that while this may be fun to do with their friends, it is not safe to do with strangers. Of course, the instant reply will be “how can I meet anyone then?” and you will have to reply that they must use their common sense. Let them know that any adult that is accessing teen sites or makes contact with them first is a danger – period.

Make it clear to your teen that it is not cool or acceptable for them to take up a friendship with another adult. Let them know that it does not make them a gown-up to interact with adults that they do not know. It is a good idea to stress how you will not tolerate this type of behavior.

Explain to your kids the potential for harm that could come from interacting with these predators. Explain to them that it is okay to make teen friends if they are a teen, but adults should be left to other adults. Discuss what has happened to other teens that have opted to go ahead and make friends with these online predator adults.

As a parent, you must come to terms that the Internet Age is upon us and that with this age come many new technologies and dangers. The days of teens sitting on a phone for hours at a time are gone. Video chat or camming is the new thing. You need to embrace these changes and prepare your teen to be safe on the Internet. Give them the knowledge they need to make good choices, and make sure they know what to do if approached by a predator online.

Jamica Bell is a freelance writer and parent to 3 video chatting teenagers. She contributes this article to advocate internet safety for teens and to equip parents to protect their children from online predators. Powers McCartan PLLC is a North Carolina law firm, dedicated to providing peace of mind to individuals negatively impacted by internet solicitation.

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Best ways to Hide a Spy Camera

Best ways to Hide a Spy Camera


The reasons connected with the installation of spy cameras are threefold. The first is connected with the increasing number of crimes in domestic environments and private offices, while the other relates to the security and safety of children, senior citizens and invalids in unattended environments. The most important reason is however linked to the increasing availability of private information regarding social net workers and individuals. Floating around in cyber space, this free information helps intruders/thieves and other miscreants keep track of an individual’s movements and make their personal space all the more vulnerable to the incidence of crime.

Under the circumstances, a well placed spy camera or a spy video camera serves to provide surveillance of mischief makers in the guise of babysitters, caretakers, house staff or nurses. Oft referred to as a nanny cam, hidden camera, home video surveillance camera or a keychain spy camera; these small video cameras are guised as other objects and placed at strategic locations around the house, office, garage or car to act as a “hidden eye” for the owner. Read on for some valuable insights into how to hide a spy camera—the right way.

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Hiding Spy Camera Keychain in the bedroom

If the issue on hand is regarding the spouse committing adultery or cheating ; then the obvious place to hide the camera is near the television, behind the wall clock or any other object facing the bed or couch in the bedroom. An alarm clock, radio or book on the nightstand can also act as an appropriate cover for a spy video camera. Another place worth looking into is the curtain rod. Placed at a distance of almost ten feet above the head, this is the perfect location for hiding a spy camera and recording the going-ons in the room.

Most bedrooms have speakers attached to music systems, home theater systems or laptops. One of the speakers can contain a carefully installed camera within it—offering the best secret surveillance possible. Spy video camera in the form of a book can be placed along with others on a wall mounted bookshelf.

Placing hidden cameras in the living room or kitchen

These areas of the house are most accessible to outsiders like babysitters and caretakers. The camera can be hidden inside a plush teddy/ soft toy or placed behind a mantel piece over the fireplace. Lamp shades also act as safe havens for spy video setups along with flower pots on the center table or window sill.

Placing a camera in the kitchen requires a bit of caution. Coffee mugs or clocks with built in spy cams can be placed at least noticeable places. Crockery items which are used only on special occasions can also act as a shield for these cameras.

Most spy cameras come with excellent resolution and compatible features and are tiny enough to install in smoke detectors, mirrors, toys, music systems or other general articles around a room. Hidden cameras can be used commercially or industrially as security cameras as well. Spy video cameras can also be used to monitor activities in small cottage industries, stores and other commercial establishments—but within the fringes of the law of privacy!

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