Internet Safety "What Parents Can Do About Online Predators"

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INTERNET SAFETY

"What Parents Can Do About Online Predators"
 
1.  Review relevant online safety information with your child.  Together with your child, look over information and   
     profiles that your child has posted and consider whether they send the wrong message.
 
2.  Help teens manage risk when meeting online friends.  It is very common for teens to want to meet face to face   
     with friends they have made online.   If they are going to, encourage them to go with a friend or meet in a public place
     and have a cell phone.
 
3.  Watch for warning signs.  Talk openly with your child about your concerns.  Review mobile phone messages.  
     Check electronic messages they might be sending and receiving, also check their e-mails.
 
4.  Keep lines of communication open.  Make sure your child can talks to you about what's going on in his or her life.
 
5.  Contact police.  If you think your child is in any kind of physical risk.
 
6.  Don't blame your child.  Predators try to make the child feel responsible for what happened.  Children who feel  
     guilty or ashamed are less likely to report what happened and may be vulnerable for future abuse.
 
A List of Ideas To Try (Building A Parent-Child Partnership)  
  • Inform your child about dangers from inappropriate websites
  • Set reasonable rules and expectations
  • Walk your child through an online search process
  • Encourage your child to talk to you about any websites that he or she may have questions about
  • Be open with your child
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