Cyber Safety Is a New Phenomenon Unique to This Century - And 911 Safe ChildTM Helps Keep Your Child Safe on the Internet

Because children use the Internet on a daily basis, cyber safety has become a big concern not only for parents or for law enforcement agencies.  Sexual predators hang out on the Internet waiting for unsuspecting children to be drawn into their web, literally.

In days long past, children had to be aware of sexual predators hanging out in alleys, across the street from playgrounds, walking on the sidewalks near their home, cruising through a family neighborhood.  Cyber crime hits close to where you live -- in your very home through the Internet.

Lurking in chat rooms, a sexual predator will problems on a simple statement made by an unsuspecting teenager.  The predator encourages the conversation, pretending to be a knight in shining armor who will listen to every desire and problem that the teenager presents.  A sexual predator wants to become the child's best friend.  After they have built a bond of trust, they arrange for a face-to-face meeting.  After that, the child or teenager is wide open to sexual exploitation.

Let's face it, the Internet is part of our lives permanently.  It opens tremendous doors to information and research only available at the most extensive libraries.  It offers instant communication and instant gratification.  That is part of the positive and negative that we all need to live with.  As a parent, it is important to monitor your children's interactions over the Internet.  Here are a few tips you can follow if you suspect your child is having inappropriate conversations over the Internet:

•Yes, it is an invasion of privacy but look at the child's computer.  Review everything that you find on the hard drive for photography and e-mails an admirer.

•Talk openly and honestly about the communication and subterfuge you can encounter over the Internet.

•If your child starts receiving mail, gifts or packages from someone you don't know, investigate thoroughly.  It may be necessary to involve law enforcement agencies.

•If your child spends a lot of time, especially at night, start monitoring the websites that they are visiting.  Makes surprise visit to their room.  If they quickly turn the monitor off, be suspicious about what they have been viewing.

•Finally, pay attention.  If your child is becoming reclusive or secretive, started an open communication and dialogue.  If they would rather spend time on the computer than with their friends, this may be a warning sign that you need to address. Take time to talk with your child about the dangers of meeting face-to-face with someone that they have met on the Internet.

911 Safe ChildTM addresses cyber safety by gathering information necessary about your child's social media contacts in the event that the child ever goes missing or disappears..


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