The Internet has become the new playing field for child molesters. Protect your child from an Internet predator by using the following six tips. They are ones that will keep the young members of your family safe. Do:
1- Inform him. Tell your child there are people who like to hurt children physically, sexually. Explain they often pose as peers or “cool” adults online. He has to watch out for a person like this because they use the Internet to draw in victims.
2- Watch his play. Never allow your offspring to spend hours alone on the computer. Protect your child from Internet predators by putting his computer in a common place. A good area is the family room. In this space, you and your spouse can keep and eye on him and prevent any funny business.
3- Set up PC locks. For years now, parents have been able to set up locks on computers that block certain sites. Use these tools to help your child stay off of questionable Websites. You can buy a program like this at your local PC store and personalize your work. (See Amazon.com, CyberPatrol Parental Controls)
4- Join Social sites. Protect your child from Internet predators by staying up on the latest trends. Join Facebook and Myspace. Let your offspring work on your page and then get connected – with him. Your presence on his page will prevent him for going too far and give you the ability check out any strange adult you don’t know.
5- Lay down rules. Let your child know his Internet usage is a privilege, not a right. You can end his access at your whim. Then, lay down the law. Instruct your child to limit the amount of personal information he gives out to strangers on the Internet and never to meet up with one without your permission. Be firm, so he takes you seriously.
6- Voice any concern. If you find out your child is (or plans on) breaking the rules, voice your concern and take action. Pull him aside and reiterate why his behavior is just not okay. Afterward, punish him as necessary. A good consequence for his action can protect him from falling prey to an Internet predator who is waiting for a disobedient child to mess up.
Use these six tips and keep your child out of harms way. Train him to use the Internet for innocent fun and education.