ARE YOUR CHILDREN SAFE ONLINE?The Internet is a dream come true. Or is it? A recent study conducted byresearchers at the University of New Hampshire found that 42% of Internetusers between the ages of 10 and 17 say they have seen online pornographyat least once in the past 12 months. Ready for the kicker?A staggering 66% of those exposed to it say they stumbled onto the materialunintentionally. Compound this with the fact that online child predatorsabound and identity thieves are lurking in nearly every corner and you soonrealize that the pleasant dream we like to call the Information Highway couldeasily turn into your worst nightmare!Statistics like these certainly make the Internet sound bleak and uninviting,but just like anything else in life; we are often forced to weed out the bad insearch of the good. Using the Internet is no different and you should not letthe bad stuff keep you or your kids from experiencing the virtual wonders ofour world. The tasks you can accomplish online these days are seeminglyendless.
and configure the software properly for maximum security and protection.5. Tell them never to meet with strangers. Teach your children that they should never get together with anyone they have met online unless an adult you trust accompanies them. It is important that they also know why they should never do so, and what could happen to them if they choose to disobey.6. Help them learn to be cautious. Share with your children that it is unacceptable to give out personal information online without checking with you first. This includes home and school phone numbers and addresses, as well as sending pictures via email or chat sessions.7. Keep them suspicious. Your children should know that people they have met online might not always be who they say they are. Someone claiming to be a 12-year-old girl could easily be an adult looking to kidnap a child.8. Teach them to run away. It is going to happen. Expect it. Eventually your children will cross paths with objectionable material, receive a questionable email, or have a chat session turn toward an uncomfortable topic. Let them know in advance that this stuff can happen, that it is not their fault, and that they should log off the Internet immediately and notify an adult.9. Stay informed. Keep ahead of the game by regularly visiting websites devoted to online child safety and subscribing to their newsletters. Six great resources to get you started: Staysafe.org - http://www.staysafe.org GetNetWise - http://www.getnetwise.org iSafe - http://www.isafe.org Net Family News - http://www.netfamilynews.org SafeKids - http://www.safekids.com SafeTeens - http://www.safeteens.com
10. Go with your gut. If something seems fishy about a particular website, chances are your instincts are sending out red flares for a reason. Better to listen to your conscience and keep your children safe than to suffer the potential consequences of looking the other way.11. Top 10 lists should always have a number 11! Consider using a malicious website blocking service, such as the Piranha Website Blocker, to prevent your computer from accessing virus, malware or phishing websites in the first place. Just one more way to keep your computer (and those who use it!) out of harms way.Let’s Build A Safe Environment For Kids Online! Thanks For Reading This Ebook