The only way to
ensure that your child is taking the proper
steps to eliminate advances from online predators
is to keep them informed. Unknowing children
are the best targets for these dangerous people.
Over the past decade the Internet has become
essential in schools, universities, and libraries.
Not only is it the hub to endless information,
it is very user friendly for everyone. Young
people use this to do homework and research
for classes. They also use it to chat with friends,
shop, and play games and may other online activities.
For as many advantages
as the internet offers, there are disadvantages.
As a parent, teacher, or caregiver you should
learn the dangers of online activity. Each child
is different, so they use the Internet differently.
Some children primarily use it for schoolwork,
while others mainly use it to talk to friends,
etc. Children can spend as many hours researching
for class as they can spend in chat rooms or
surfing the web. Here are some tips that you
and your children should utilize when using
the Internet. First, sign a Child/Parent Internet
Safety Agreement. This will establish a line
Watch their behavior
patterns. Children who tend to become more secretive
and spend too much time surfing the net more
than likely have something to hide. Learn how
they surf the Internet. Sit down and have them
share the sites they visit with you. Find out
who they send emails to and where they are getting
emails from. Know what chat rooms they visit
and what goes on in those rooms. No chat room
is safe from a sexual predator.
Some simple tips
are to make sure your child double checks the
web addresses that they type in. As we all know,
a simple typo could accidentally lead them to
an inappropriate room. Also, keep a list of
Internet safety facts by their computer as a
reminder. The simplest tip is to tell them not
to talk to someone you do not know, no matter
Tell your child
not to give any personal information about them
on the Internet. This information can be used
to potentially harm them. Always keep open lines
of communication with them. Keep talks low-key
and keep talks often. This will make them feel
comfortable about informing you when something
happens. Remember, an informed parent ensures
a safer child.
many safety options for your computer. The two
most popular are monitors and filters.
.......It is appalling
that in the past few years more and more children
are victimized by online predators.
.......It is not
all fair in love and war. Nowadays, divorce
is as popular as marriage.
sitting at home watching television. Your child
is on the internet.
is a great place to talk to and meet new friends
on the worldwide web.