Beware of internet dangers during summer vacation

Published 2:05 pm Saturday, July 15, 2017

From Angela Roughton

Community Advocate, Inner Banks Hotline

With summer break from school upon us, kids will be on the internet more and using social media more, making them easy prey for a predator. As parents we need to be proactive in internet safety.

Danger: Predators have easy and anonymous access to children online where they can conceal their identity and roam without limit. Many parents feel that due to “Parental Controls” or “blocks” their child is safe from being exposed to Internet Predators.

Danger: The more risky behaviors kids engage in online, the more likely they will receive an online sexual solicitation. These risky behaviors include: posting personal information, interacting with online strangers, placing strangers on buddy lists, Sending personal information to strangers, visiting X-rated sites, and talking about sex with strangers.

Communication is key in protecting children from online exploitation. Pay attention to what your kids are doing online, and ask your child non-threatening questions.

Go beyond traditional “Internet Firewalls” and become the FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE for your family. This is done by educating yourself on the dangers of the Internet and the realities of Online Victimization.

There are many more dangers that our children face online every day. The Internet can be a fun and interactive space for kids, but only when adults are prepared to protect them from the many pitfalls that exist on the web.

For detailed information, visit IS101_InformationalGuide. pdf

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