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How to Keep Kids Safe on the Internet

What Are the Dangers for Children on the Internet?

There are a myriad of risks facing children who use the Internet. Many adults are tricked into revealing personal information to Internet predators. Unfortunately many of these predators prefer children, and kids are often easier to lure than adults. Protect Kids.org lists links to a few articles detailing some of the crimes that have been committed.

Some Statistics

  • More than 10 million children are online.
    Youth Internet Safety Survey
  • Only 1/3 of households are pro-actively protecting their children with filtering or blocking software.
    Center for Missing and Exploited Children
  • 75% of children are willing to share personal information online about themselves and their family.
    eMarketer
  • One in five U.S. teenagers who regularly log on to the Internet say they have received an unwanted sexual solicitation via the Web.
    Crimes Against Children Research Center
  • One in 33 youth received an aggressive sexual solicitation in the past year.
    Youth Internet Safety Survey
  • 75 percent of the solicited youth were not troubled, 10 percent did not use chat rooms and 9 percent did not talk to strangers.
    Crimes Against Children Research Center
Thanks to Protect Kids.org for compiling these statistics.

What to Do

  • Install Internet Filtering and Content Control Software. Visit Google's Directory Engine for a list of software. Cybersitter, Netnanny and others will restrict your children's ability to access questionable web sites and other resources.
  • Monitor your kid's Internet usage. Review the "Acceptable Use Policies" of the sites that they visit. Make sure the sites aren't using your child's browsing habits or personal information.
  • Help kids to understand that they should never give personal information to anyone on the Internet.
  • Use Computer Monitoring Software. This software will run silently in the background on your PC logging everything you child does. Visit Google to find a list of available software.
Keeping your children safe on the Internet requires constant vigilance on the part of parents. Make sure your software is up-to-date, that you check the software logs, and that you continually remind your children of safe usage habits. The old "don't talk to strangers" adage applies doubly in the Internet world.

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