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Keeping Kids Safe Online – Internet Predators

susan_harr5 years ago

The internet can be a magical place for children. With its seemingly endless array of games, entertainment, and social networking options, it provides a world of possibilities- possibilities they might have never had- all from the comfort and safety of their homes.

But it’s not all fun and games. Dangerous predators lurk in the dark corners of the internet; so, just because your child is tucked away “safely” in their room, it doesn’t mean they are actually safe.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): one in seven children has experienced unwanted sexual solicitations online, one in three has been exposed to unwanted sexual material online, and one in 11 has been harassed or bullied online.

How to Combat Predatory Behavior

Information provided in part by the FBI:

  • Talk openly with your child about your suspicions
  • Keep the computer in a main room of the house, as opposed to your child’s bedroom
  • Review what is on your child's computer
  • Use a Caller ID service to determine who is calling your child and block anonymous calls
  • Let your child know that you will be reviewing their cell phone bills
  • Monitor your child's access to all types of live electronic communications (e-mail, chat rooms etc.)
  • Be up front with your child about your access and reasons why
  • Keep an online presence in social networking sites
  • Utilize parental controls provided by your service provider and/or blocking software
  • Find out what computer safeguards are utilized by your child's school, the public library, and at the homes of your child's friends

Signs that Your Child may be in Danger

Information provided in part by the FBI:

  • Your child spends large amounts of time on-line, especially at night
  • You find pornography on your child's computer
  • Your child receives phone calls from strangers or blocked numbers
  • Your child receives phone calls from long distance numbers
  • Your child receives mail, gifts, or packages from strangers
  • Your child turns the computer monitor off or quickly changes the screen on the monitor when you come into the room
  • Your child becomes withdrawn from the family
  • Your child is using an on-line account belonging to someone else
Contact an Experienced Child Abuse Attorney

If you believe your child has suffered from abuse, contact Thomas J. Henry immediately. We have the knowledge and experience to handle your child’s case. We will also take immediate action to prevent any further mistreatment. Our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends. Your choice does matter. Contact Thomas J. Henry for immediate assistance.

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