Parents Internet Guide - Parental Controls

A Parent's Guide to the Internet and it's Dangers to Children, and Parental Controls software information.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Internet Safety: Part 2 - Act On Suspicions

What To Do If You Suspect Your Child is Talking With an Online Predator
  • Talk openly with your child about your suspicions. Tell them about the dangers of online predators.
  • Review what is on your child's computer. If you don't know how, ask a knowledgeable source.
  • Use Caller ID service to determine who is calling your child. Most phone companies offer features to block your number from appearing on other Caller its and to block anonymous incoming calls.
  • Monitor your child's access to all types of electronic communication. These include chat rooms, instant messaging, instant relay chats, etc. Also monitor your child's e-mail.

*Contact your state or local law enforcement agency if you find yourself in any of the following scenarios:

  1. Your child or anyone in the household has received child pornography;
  2. You child has been sexually solicited by someone who knows that your child is under the age of 18 years old;
  3. You child has received sexually explicit material from from someone who knows that your child is under the age of 18 years old.

*If you find yourself in any of these situations, keep the computer turned off in order to preserve any evidence for future law enforcement use. Also, unless otherwise directed to do so, do not attempt to copy of the images or text found on the computer.

Check back to find out ways to prevent all communications between your child and online sex offenders.

This information found at www.fbi.gov/publications.

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