Internet Safety - A Parent's Guide
One of the single most important things you can do for your children is to protect them from the pedophiles and predators on the internet. Unfortunately, the same advances in technology and communication that have created web 2.0 and all of the social networking has also created a breeding ground for sexual predators. These very sick individuals are on the same popular internet medium that our children are on. There are people (lots of them) that have but one intention and that is to sexually exploit children using the internet. Some of the people will prey on children who seem to lack attention, affection, or kindness. Gradually they will go from being friendly to attempting to sexually seduce their targets. To give you an idea of how sick these individuals are; many will devote countless hours to learning everything that is "in or popular " for that age group. They will put forth there time, money and energy in attempts to have a sexual encounter with a child. They will attempt to become the child's best friend, listening to their problems and consoling them. They will know the latest music trends, hobbies and interests of kids. They will set up fake MySpace and FaceBook accounts all in an attempt to fit in. These individuals attempt to gradually lower children's inhibitions by slowly introducing sexual context and content into their conversations. There is another group of predatators that immediately attempt to engage in sexual talk with children. Some have the primary goal of collecting pornographic images; others aggressively push for face to face meetings with their online contact. It is important to remember that computer-sex offenders can be of any age, race, or sex and they do not discriminate. There victims range from infants to young adults. The information below was prepared by the FBI and further resources may be obtained through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. This is great information and is a must read for all parents, grandparents and guardian's. What Kind of Signs Should Be Looked At As Indicators That Your Child Might Be At Risk On-line?
- Your child spends large amounts of time on-line, especially at night.
- Your child receives phone calls from men you don't know or is making calls, sometimes long distance, to numbers you don't recognize.
- Your child turns the computer monitor off or quickly changes the screen on the monitor when you come into the room.
- Your child is using an on-line account belonging to someone else.
- What Should You Do If You Suspect Your Child Is Communicating With A Sexual Predator On-line?