While you may have thought countless times about the security of your home, how many times have you considered the security of your home within—within your family’s desktop, your teen’s smartphone or your child’s tablet?
The values of the Internet are not only meant for us as adults and professionals, but also for our children. Our children have almost immediate access to any kind of information available throughout the world.
Want to read A Tale Of Two Cities? It’s on the Internet.
Have a question about who the third person to land on the moon was? It’s on the Internet.
However, want to be exposed to nudity, pedophiles, and thousands (if not millions) of other social deviants? You bet it’s on the Internet and just a key touch away from your child or grandchild.
So, what do we do about this?
First, we educate ourselves. Go to The National Center for Missing or Exploited Children website at and download their study “Online Victimization – A Report on the Nation’s Youth.”
This report will provide an eye-opening look at the perils our children are under every time they access Internet via the local ISP (Internet Service Provider). It also provides a telling survey on how parents deal with their children’s use of the Internet.
For example, over 85% of parents have talked with their children about being careful talking to strangers on the Internet, and 97% of those polled check every now and then on what is on their child’s computer screen. But, only half the parents ever go back and actually check history to ensure the child is indeed staying out of potential problem sites, and only 39% set a limit on the amount of time their child can be on the Internet. Though it appears that parents do realize the potential exposure their children have on the Internet, less than half play a truly diligent role in ensuring their child is protected.
Second, we educate others. Gather information from such sites as The National Center and tens of other child advocacy sites and speak to your fellow parents in your school system about the dangers presented to our children on the Internet. Stay tuned for future articles on ways to prevent your children from being exposed to unsuitable material.
Bottom line: be involved with your child’s Internet experience. They now have the world, literally, at their fingertips. Make the effort to have it at yours also.
iRecord is a Child Advocacy Consulting Service. Contact us for assistance in working to any suspected bad experiences your child may be having online. We want to ensure that all cybercriminals are taken offline and that your children are safe!