New Internet surfers need to swiftly learn that staying safe on the Internet is a lot like staying safe on the street while passing a stranger lurking near a dark alley, especially if your children are online too. By using common sense Internet safety precautions, you and your children can avoid exposure to strangers with bad intentions.
Protect Your Information
Confirm that your children know not to share personal information with strangers online. Last names, school names and telephone numbers are all tools that Internet predators can use to locate your home and children. Also, don’t ever share passwords with people, no matter how innocent the request may seem. A stranger can use a password to gain in-depth information and cause you or your children harm. Protecting identities online is one of the best ways of keeping dangerous strangers at bay.
Prevent webcam Exploitation
An unassuming Internet safety risk is a webcam, which is can become a dangerous tool that Internet predators use to exploit young people. WiredSafety, an organisation working to keep the Internet safe, says that child molesters blackmail children into performing inappropriate acts online. So don’t take webcam safety precautions lightly. Insist that your children deny webcam invitations from strangers. Under no exception should children and teens go unsupervised when operating software with a webcam invitation feature.
Instruct children to alert an adult when someone online asks to meet offline. Even if you think a person online is friendly and pleasant, know that Internet predators pretend to be good people until it is too late. The danger that offline meetings present is significant. WiredSafety reports that in the U.S., one in four girls and one in seven boys admit they met an online stranger in person. So forbid your children from accepting invitations to meet someone from the Internet and take steps to make sure they remains safe by monitoring their online social interactions.
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