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How To Protect Your Child From Online Predators

By Edited Dec 30, 2013 1 6

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Protect Children From Online Dangers
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. 

  1. 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! 

  1. Talk to your kids!

  2. Make them aware of the different types of things that are out there that they might see.

  3. Explain that there are hate sites, pornography and violence and that it is in no way acceptable for them to view such material.

  4. Set firm guidelines and make certain that your child understands why.

  5. Talk to your children openly and as candidly as their age allows for.

  6. Explain to your children why they should never give out personal information online.

  7. 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.


  8. Let them know the true dangers of this.

  9. If they are old enough to comprehend, give proven examples of what has happened when children have fallen prey to child predators.

  10. Remember, keep your discussion age appropriate.

  11. 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.
  12. 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!
TIPS:
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.

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Comments

Jan 16, 2010 4:48pm
crunchydata
Looks even better on InfoBarrel! ;)

Predators are getting more sophisticated at social engineering, and it's a challenge for parents to keep up. Parents even have to watch the large content sites. Everything I have seen on InfoBarrel so far has been family-friendly, but there are many articles on at least one large content site that are highly innapropriate for children, which surprised me. Great, in-depth coverage of this important topic.
Jan 16, 2010 5:16pm
rspears01
Yes, it does...lol.

In light of the answer I got when approaching eHow regarding my article attempt at helping the victims of Haiti I will be doing lots of deleting and transferring.
Jan 16, 2010 5:19pm
crunchydata
@rspears01, would you please contact info(at)crunchydata.com regarding that?
Jan 16, 2010 5:28pm
rspears01
Sure.
Jan 16, 2010 5:16pm
rspears01
Parents tend to be too trusting of their children...finding out there is a problem when it is simply too late.
Jan 17, 2010 10:09am
ethelsmith
What every parent need to know. Too many are blissfully unaware of their children's internet activities. Until it is too late.
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