The Internet can be a great place for children. They can watch their favourite musicians and sports personalities in videos; they can play games and even read e-mails.
But it can also be a doorway for them to fall into a life of crime. Because of the anonymity of the Internet, it’s easy for someone who wants to start a relationship with your child to do so.
If you’re a parent you need to take a proactive approach to keeping your child safe online.
1. Communicate with your child.
Without talking to your child you’re not going to know what problems or safety concerns they may be having. So, you need to ask them what they think. Is it something they would want to talk about with you?
If you haven’t talked to your child about any problems they may have, then you need to ask them. Don’t assume that they know what they are talking about because they may not want to tell you everything.
2. Don’t give out personal information.
Don’t give out your name, your phone number, your address, your school, or even your family name.
3. Don’t agree to meet.
Even if you know the person who is asking for your child, if you think it may be a predator, you don’t have to agree to meet them. Even if you know the person is harmless it still doesn’t mean you can trust them.
4. Don’t download pictures or videos to your computer.
There’s nothing wrong with getting a picture, but don’t send it to someone you don’t know.
5. Don’t respond to emails from someone you don’t know.
Why would someone want to know where you are? Because they can use it to find out more about you. In some cases, they can use it to hurt you.
In reading the emails you may think you are agreeing to a picture or video release. But in reality you are not. If you don’t want to go through all the months of hard work that go into creating the video, don’t do it. It isn’t worth it.
Find a family monitoring program.
If you are reading this article and think you are ready to protect your child from the online predators, then you need to find a family monitoring program.
Basically, these programs keep a log of all the websites that your child visits. They don’t know exactly which sites are acceptable for your child to visit, but they are careful to monitor the activity.
The one that I recommend is MyChildMonitor-Now. This software runs in the background and will notifies you if your child visits a site that you did not designate.
It also comes with an internet monitoring function. Once you are in and out of your child’s room you can monitor their activities for signs of inappropriate websites. It can be activated when you leave the room, and will automatically shut down Internet access for anyone who is on the blocked list.
For those of us who are aware of our child’s online activities, this is a vital tool. You cannot be a good parent and a good parent will not be able to help their a child survive.
MyChildMonitor-Now is possible to download from the MyChildMonitor.Com site.
Scroll down to the bottom of the page where it says (and I confirm that this is the case) click on the link to download MyChildMonitor-Now. You will arrive at a page that looks exactly like that of your child’s school. MyChildMonitor-Now is the official website of the company that offers the software you will be downloading. MyChildMonitor is one of the largest software companies in the world concerning children and teenagers. In other words, this is a well-known company.
On the page, you will read about how your child is safe when online and you want you to know that you are protected. The first thing you will see on this page is a padlock and a statement that your child is safe when online. It tells you that your child is Safe when online.
Then, there is some code that says:
Notice the “Safety” in the first two letters of each word. This tells you that your child has been categorized and is now considered by the software to be a user. You have options on how you want to Admin the peace of peace. You can leave it up to the parent and control who accesses the features. You can even convene the parents so that they can see what their children are doing when they are online.
Understand that leaving the children online alone, without adult supervision, can be dangerous for the safety of the children.
Shortly after arriving at the website, I had them stop using it. I also did not allow them to meet anyone they contacted online.