Parents: You Say It, But Do You Really Mean It?

Mar 27, 2012

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The Internet continues to be a potentially dangerous place for children (or for anyone). Parents are responsible to protect their children. Harm is potentially everywhere. The Internet is a highly-condensed hiding place where danger lurks.

Parents must track their children's Internet use if they wish to help protect them. There are very few safe environments on the Web. Predators will find creative ways to groom.

According to Trend Micro, one in seven active Internet-using children has been solicited sexually. One in three children is exposed to sexual material.

With these kinds of statistics, it's no wonder that 83 percent of parents say they're worried about their children's online behavior. But unfortunately, only 30 percent of worried parents check up on their kids' social profiles. You say it, but do you really mean it?

If so, you should check-up on your kids. Start here:

  • Admit that Internet safety is an issue that affects you. Refrain from one of the most common attitudes that "my-kids-would-never-do-that." All children can receive advancements from sexual predators.
  • Get educated on issues and possible dangers faced by kids online. Ask other parents what they've experienced.
  • Discuss Internet safety openly with your children in an everyday situation. Do you want to wait until there is an incident?
  • Express love and concern. Live in a way that shows your children rules aren't punishments or a way to control them but to keep them safe.

Join us in the quest to keep children safe by starting in your own home.

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