It seems to us that there is a computer in nearly every family's house. Although there are various activities on the Internet that are educational and safe for children to explore, the Internet is filled with online predators that try to find ways to harm children. With that in mind, parents should be aware of how dangerous predators can be. As a parent, you should learn more information about computer predators and how to stop these online perverts from traumatizing and possibly causing physical and mental pain to your children. Now even though you can't constantly be with your children when they log into the different sites that are available to them, you can minimize the chance of children interacting with an online predator.
Here are some suggestions for parents to consider using that can help keep your children safe on the Internet.
  • The first thing that you should do is to talk to your children. By telling your children about online predators, you are making them aware of the threat, and it will help them to understand that they should be more careful when they are on the Internet. Don't over do it though, you don't want to frighten your children, you just want them to be careful about who they talk too. Let your children know that it is absolutely not alright to meet someone in person through the Internet, and if the person harasses your child, that they should bring it to your attention immediately.
  • After you inform your children about these computer predators, the next thing to do is add an extra measure of security. By using parental controls and blocking software, you will be able to keep your children from going to sites that are quite questionable. I would recommend getting a parental software that not only blocks questionable sites, but it will also inform you of what Web sites your children have been roaming through. And one more thing, NEVER give your children the password or a way to bypass your blocking software. Tell your children that the parental control and the blocking software are not to keep them out, but to keep the online predators from getting in.
  • The next thing that you should consider is to keep your computer in a more public area of the house. For example, the living room would be a good place to set your computer because it is an open area for the entire family to use. If you avoid letting the children take the computer into their bedrooms, you will be able to properly monitor what they are doing. For example, if your children enter into chat rooms or use instant messengers like AIM or Yahoo Instant Messanger, then you will be able to take a look at who your children are writing to and if they are a threat. The thing to remember is that this is about your and possibly your child's safety. These precautions are to keep computer predators away from them and you, so that there isn't any chance that they or you can be victimized. By using these steps, you will avoid the problems of an online predator and keep you and your children safe.external image images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRvWu_DuGtUnxXBCM5QCILvuP25NSh3tbvlpEh7WM_fkU3HyZETfQ