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Protecting Your Loved Ones
​The internet and social media are wonderful tools. The downside, however, is that the web can also be used against us. The mass sharing of information allows predators of all kinds to take advantage of the innocent person on the other end of the computer. We consider children as the most vulnerable among us but anyone can be a target of nefarious activity.

Online sexual predators may be anyone. The web allows anonymity and does not prevent adults from lying about their age or intentions.

Online sexual solicitation as defined by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children is "unprevoked, uninvited, or unwanted requests to engage in sexual activities, engage in sexually explicit conversations, or give personal sexual information".

It is critical to educate your children and teach them how to better protect themselves. The best way to help protect them is by being engaged. Talk to them about their computer activities and red flags to watch for. 

Tips for Online Usage

Set rules and guidelines

Know who communicates with your children

Learn how to use the web yourself

Install filters or blocks

Place the computer in a common room where the activities are more easily monitored

Discuss the pros and cons of surfing the web with regards to appropriate decision making while online

Limit (IM) instant messaging to chatting with people they know by face and are approved by you

Make sure they do not accept chats with unknown people

Caution your children about the content posted

Remind them that people are not always who they say they are

Limit the information provided on the web

Do not give out personal information such as name, mailing address or email address without permission

Frequently stress the fact it is not safe to meet someone face to face that they meet online

Be aware of changes in your child's behavior or attitude

Remain calm and compassionate if your children share situations they have encountered online. Use the situation as a teaching opportunity

Report any disturbing incidents by giving the screen name or e-mail address and any other known information to your internet service provider, and law enforcement