Keeping Children Safe on the Internet
As technology becomes more prevalent, so does the opportunity for predators to utilize it as a tool to track and victimize our children. We have to adapt with the ever changing technology.
We must not forget, however, that parents are truly on the front lines in the battle to protect children from Internet predators. I urge parents to talk with their kids about the dangers of the Internet and monitor Internet use within their own homes. Some other important practices are:
– setting up online rules for kids, such as,
when they can be on online
what sites they cannot visit
and who they can communicate with.
– insisting that kids report any inappropriate content or conduct to their parents.
– communicating frequently with kids about their online activity, sites they visit and friends they communicate with
– getting to know online friends just like you would with other friends.
– using your internet providers parental controls or blocking software to block inappropriate sites.
– accessing your child’s account and randomly reviewing emails.
– making sure that your child does not list personal information on the Internet because con artists and predators use profiles and other personal information to look for victims.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation coordinates activities of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. If your local law enforcement agency is not part of the task force, you can file reports of inappropriate or suspicious behavior with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at www.missingkids.com or 1-800-THE LOST.
For more information and a list of educational websites, contact our Consumer Protection Unit at 405-521-3921.