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Protect Children From Online Dangers
Undeniably, the internet has opened up a whole new world to society.
We can go online and find a cure for many ailments, learn the population of countries we previously didn't know existed, watch movies, read blogs, find recipes and learn just about anything else imaginable.
But with all the positive things there comes plenty of negatives. Learn how you can protect your child from the dangers lurking online.
Do you know what sites your children are looking at?
Knowing what your child is searching and what sites they frequent is very important. After all, how can you speak to them about the dangers that they may be facing without this general knowledge?
Make it a point to find out what sites are being accessed and what type of content is found there.
Take a look at the sites yourself and apply a simple rule, if your child would be comfortable looking at the site together with you it is probably a safe bet the site is acceptable.
However, if they would rather mom or dad not be around while they're browsing, you can bet there is a reason!
Talk to your kids!
Make them aware of the different types of things that are out there that they might see.
Explain that there are hate sites, pornography and violence and that it is in no way acceptable for them to view such material.
Set firm guidelines and make certain that your child understands why.
Talk to your children openly and as candidly as their age allows for.
Explain to your children why they should never give out personal information online.
Explain why photos, their address, the name of their school, their phone number, family member's names and their town are things they should never, ever release online.
Let them know the true dangers of this.
If they are old enough to comprehend, give proven examples of what has happened when children have fallen prey to child predators.
Remember, keep your discussion age appropriate.
- Let your child know that if they ever receive an email, instant message, chat room message or comment that is offensive, of a sexual nature, threatening, violent or inappropriate that they should inform you immediately. Explain to them that alerting you with this information could save their life and help catch a dangerous child predator.
- Monitor your child's activity. Talk to your provider and ask about setting up parental controls to block explicit material from being accessed. Buying a program like Net Nanny is a fantastic tool that you can use to control what what can and cannot be done with your home computer!
Keep your computer in an area of the house where your family spends most of it's time so that monitoring is easy - like the kitchen, living room or family room.
Never allow your children to have a computer in their bedroom.
Check your computer's files and cookies often to see exactly what your child is viewing.
Search your computer for hidden files and folders to be sure your child isn't hiding anything.
Allow your children scheduled time periods to be online.
Never allow children access to a webcam. This only entices child predators and gives this details about your child and their surroundings.
Especially make it very clear to your child that they should NEVER meet anyone in person that they speak to online. Explain to them that predators will NOT announce their true intentions and may even pose as another child.