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Tips for parents on how to protect children from online predators

Posted at 12:55 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 16:07:10-05

Did you know that 1 in 5 children who use the internet on a regular basis has been sexually solicited? 1 in 4 has seen unwanted pornography.

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Here are some things you can do to help protect your children:

  • Warn your children about what they may encounter online
  • Physically monitor your child’s time online, particularly younger children
  • Check browser histories of devices used by children
  • Warn your children about online flirting
  • Know who your children’s online friends are
  • Use parental controls on digital devices and services
  • Make sure your children know that people often pretend to be someone they are not
  • Warn your children about having private conversations in chat rooms
  • Tell children to keep gaming chat about gaming
  • Explain why children should not take sexy selfies
  • Teach your children not to reveal too much personal information
  • Empower your kids to take action by reporting people online
  • Be social network savvy, know what apps or websites may be inappropriate
  • Know your children’s account names and passwords
  • Make reasonable rules and set tie and use limits
  • Be aware of other computers or devices your children could be using
  • Model good behavior

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