Web Safety Program Combats Online Predators
While the Internet provides a world of info for kids, it likewise provides terrific threats from online sexual predators.
Every year, one in five kids receives a sexual solicitation or method online. With countless kids in chat rooms and sending immediate messages, moms and dads must take action to protect their kids.
A recent survey of young people revealed the following stats about how moms and dads are monitoring their children’s online time: Majority of young people (53 percent) state their parents never ever ask them about whom they are talking to on the Internet, and 55 percent say their parents never ever surf the Web with them.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America has actually partnered with the National Center for Missing out on and Made use of Kids to develop NetSmartz (www.netsmartz.org), an interactive, instructional safety resource for kids ages 5 to 17. Parents, guardians, educators and law enforcement personnel can access age-appropriate, 3-D activities to teach kids ways to remain safer on the Internet.
Here are some Internet security suggestions for moms and dads:
* Keep the computer in the family space or another open area of your home.
* If kids utilize chat or e-mail, talk to them about never ever fulfilling face to face with anyone they “met” online.
* Know who your kids are exchanging e-mail with, and just let them utilize chat areas when you can monitor. Limitation chat room access to child-friendly chat websites.
* Let your children show you exactly what they do online. Visit their preferred Website.
* If you presume online “stalking” or sexual exploitation of a child, report it to your local law-enforcement firm or call the CyberTipline at -LRB-800-RRB- 843-5678.
With the support of Microsoft, BGCA also has executed the Club Tech program in more than 3,700 Boys & Girls Clubs nationwide. Club Tech’s goal is to “technology allow” every club by offering software application, curriculum and computer training for staff and youth.
New innovation centers are appearing online every week, teaching basic computer system skills and Internet security.