Your child about online dangers. Explain identity theft, cyberbullying, the dangers of meeting someone he or she meets online, and the warning signs that an online “friend” may be an Internet predator interested in sexually abusing a child or teenager.
1. Never underestimate an Internet predator’s persistence.
2. Do not allow your child’s picture to be used without your permission.
3. Teach your children to keep personal information, along with passwords and photos, private.
4. Keep computers in common family areas of your home. Do not allow your child unlimited access to a computer with Internet access, especially in a bedroom or a secluded area of your home.
5. Do not allow your child to use:
a webcam in a private location
a digital camera without discussing acceptable use with them
an evidence eraser, Internet washer or drive scrubber that deletes all traces of what the computer accessed or was used for. An Internet predator may ask the child to use these programs to keep from getting caught.
Regularly search your computer’s Internet history.
1. Let your child teach you what they know about computers. This will help to open up communication and empower your child.
2. Visit your child’s favorite websites with them.
3. Create clear, simple and easy-to-read Internet Safety rules and post near your computer. For an excellent resource, see the Netsmartz Safety Pledges or WhosHostingThis?