Internet Safety For Children
Your child may spend hours per day in front of a screen, do you know what they’re doing? They could be communicating with predators, thinking that they’re communicating with someone their age.
Predators and pedophiles use a variety of “lures” or tricks on the internet to help convince young children that the child should explore and expand the initial contact with the criminal. Frequently, the predator will pose as a young person about the same age and sex as the victim and then establish conversations with the victim for a period of several weeks. The whole aim of the predator is to build trust and confidence between himself and the young victim so that eventually they will agree to meet somewhere. This meeting is the most deadly aspect of the alleged “friendship” between the two. It is at this time that the predator plans to make his assault, rape, or even death of the unsuspecting victim.
Safety Guidelines for Children:
Some of the basic rules for using the internet should include the following:
1. Never tell anyone any personal information, such as your name or address.
2. Never meet anyone in person that you meet online.
3. Never write any personal things about yourself in your online profile.
4. Don’t say mean things to anyone online.
5. If people are saying mean things online, go somewhere else online and tell your parents.
6. Don’t open e-mail from someone you don’t know.
7. Before you ever send an e-mail to a web site, ask your parents first.
8. Tell your parents if you see bad things online.
9. Don’t do or say things online that you know you shouldn’t do in real life.
10. Remember, sometimes people pretend to be someone else online.
Guidelines for Parents:
1. Limit the amount of time your child spends on the internet.
2. Make sure the screen faces an open area of the room so you can easily monitor them.
3. Check the history of sites visited to see where your child has been.
4. Use an internet filter such as Net Nanny or Cyber Snoop.
Remember you can never review with your child too much!