About Gayle Ostic, Ower of Kidsafe Online
Gayle is a mother of 3 children, 22, 18 and the youngest is now 9 years old.
Monitoring software has been installed in all the computers in her household since her children began using
the internet. In the Ostic home, each child has a computer of their own because Mom and Dad each need
their computers for work everyday. The household is networked and the computers of each child can be seen
and monitored from the parents consoles. At one time, monitoring was done remotely during working hours
and business travel.
Why KidSafe Online?
Gayle has worked as a systems engineer for various hardware and software companies for a period of 25
years. Given her technical expertise, it was easy for her to understand and look at what her children have
been doing over the years between Instant Messaging and the sites like Live Journal, Xanga, Myspace and
now Facebook. It was these sites that spurred her into making sure her daughters were not putting personal
info and revealing pictures on them that would help attract the predators. Gayle has always made known her
monitoring activities to the children and discussed many of the good and bad things they can get out of the
internet. After working in business for many years she has also taught her children that anything written on
the internet and sent out is open to public view. Therefore, it is not an invasion of their privacy for a parent to
oversee any activity coming from a computer in their home. It is the parents obligation to see what goes out
and also what is sent into their home.
The authorities and governing bodies or our local communities have been working diligently to educate
parents on the horrors of the internet crimes that take place. Their recommendations to parents are
1. Be aware of these activities
2. Acquire parental controls and monitoring software.
This is great advice but where do parents go when they are not comfortable or knowledgeable enough to find,
install and use these software packages? KidSafe Online was created to educate and provide just those
services. Gayle Ostic wants to empower every parent with the correct skills to protect their families!