Reduce the Risk
~Spend time with your children on-line. Have them teach you about their favorite on-line destinations.
~Keep the computer in a common room in the house, not in your child's bedroom. It is much more difficult for a computer-sex offender to communicate with a child when the computer screen is visible to a parent or another member of the household.
~Always maintain access to your child's on-line account and randomly check his/her e-mail. Be aware that your child could be contacted through the U.S. Mail. Be up front with your child about your access and reasons why.
~Find out what computer safeguards are utilized by your child's school, the public library, and at the homes of your child's friends. These are all places, outside your normal supervision, where your child could encounter an on-line predator.
~Instruct your children:
*to never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they met on-line and not to believe anything written to them about new 'friends' wanting to fly-drive out and meet.
*to never upload (post) pictures of themselves onto the Internet or on-line service to people they do not personally know or give out identifying information such as their name, home address, school name, or telephone number;
*to never download pictures from an unknown source, as there is a good chance there could be sexually explicit images or respond to messages or bulletin board postings that are suggestive, obscene, belligerent, or harassing;
For more information, visit FBI's Internet Safety website