Children Online Safety

By: Steve Cownley

Parental Monitoring

Parents should not stop monitoring their child's website access after the initial findings. They should continue to monitor access on an ongoing basis. This would include any type of communications such as instant messaging and chat rooms.

Chat rooms have been the main source of where a child gets mixed up with a sexual predator. Parents should also keep a close eye on e-mail correspondence that your child gets. There can be e-mail messages that will hold a clue to what's going on with them.

Most parents have Caller ID with their phone system. Using Caller ID will let parents know who is calling them. If you suspect a sex offender calling there for the child, you can have the phone number blocked by your phone company. This can help to fight off the unwanted advances of a pervert.

If pornographic information is going to a child under 18, the perpetrator could be breaking the law if they know the child is under age. If this happens, parents should report it to your service provider. They can also report it to the perpetrator's service provider.

In addition to that, parents should notify their local and county law enforcement authorities. Some of them have special units that work specifically with these kinds of cases. Even with this, parents should still continue to watch their child's website activity.

When you do contact law enforcement, parents should make sure that the evidence is stored on the computer. They will want to see this to prove the parents' claim. Parents should also keep the computer turned off until further notice.

They should not make copies of any of the evidence on the computer. Law enforcement will probably want to take the computer and examine it themselves.

In addition to doing the above to protect their child, parents should also invest in child internet protection software. It can help filter and block out any sites that parents don't want your child to see.

There are certain types that can pick up everything that the child does on the internet, including surfing websites and participating in chat rooms. Parents can also record and make a copy of their child's chat room conversations.

It's unfortunate that children nowadays can't get online without some pervert trying to entice them. There are so many of them on these chat rooms, it's difficult to determine who is who. Parents will definitely want to play a more dominant role in protecting their child from these weirdoes.

There is too much going on with the internet for a parent not to want to take precautions and check their child's activities online.

Parents may feel guilty at first, but after they get involved, they start to feel better and more secure about what's going on. Parents want their child to be safe. The last thing they want to hear about is that their child is involved in something illegal or immoral.

Parental control software has helped many parents save their children from potential dangers and catastrophes. There have been reports of parents finding out that their child was involved in drugs or stealing.

Or that their child claimed to have a boyfriend or girlfriend online. Parents finding this out early on get a chance to intervene and prevent further trouble for their child.

There have also been reports that children have engaged in sexual relationships with adults two and three times older than them. Using the parental control software has been a godsend for many parents. This is why so many parents are now getting on the bandwagon and taking care of business with their child.

The parents know that it's their responsibility to keep their child safe. If it means snooping and spying on them, so be it. The child may be annoyed at first, but a while, they'll be grateful.

Steve Cownley

Computers and The Internet
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