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Would You Allow a Sexual Predator Inside Your Child's Bedroom?

You may be doing exactly that! If your child has a telephone and computer with Internet access in their bedroom this could be happening, regardless of how good a parent you are. If you don't know what your child is doing in the privacy of their bedroom get involved now! Did you know sexual predators are participating in conversations in your child's special interest chat rooms? It's a great way for these predators to learn about your child. Remember, the sexual predator's nature is to build a trusting relationship with your child because the predator doesn't have any rules or morals. They don't have to be truthful about their identity and they usually aren't.

Parenting and computing

Every child likes the idea of being independent, but don't think you shouldn't monitor your child's activity.
  • Ask them to talk with you about the Internet and show you what they already know.
  • Share an email account with your child.
  • Talk to your child about people online.
  • Share their learning experiences.
  • Don't ever allow children to meet anyone in person they've met on the Internet.
  • Remind them that the person may not be who they purport to be.
  • Tell them not to give out information about themselves or family.
  • Do not allow your child to send photos online.
  • Place the computer in a central location for family use, not in the child's bedroom.
  • Keep trust in your child's relationship so they feel comfortable with telling you about embarrassing situations they may have encountered.
  • Notify the Ada County Sheriff's Office if you think you've witnessed anything criminal.

Educate Yourself About the Internet

The Internet, like a huge city, is filled with crime as well as great places to visit and things to do. There are even free programs to download and use. The fact that crimes are committed on the Internet is not a reason to avoid Internet usage. A variety of people are online right now. Most are people just like you with similar interests. But again, like any large city there are those who are undesirable. This is where your education and experience can help you avoid those situations and allow you to still enjoy your online experience.

Be sure to read Shannon's Story

Parent Warning Signs:

  • Your child spends large amounts of time on line
  • Child closes computer screen when you approach
  • Meets you at the bedroom doorway when you approach
  • More telephone calls than usual

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