This week I discuss online safety and children. Please consider seriously, whom your children may be chatting with online. Often children think they know who they are talking to and are very trusting of the person on the other end who may have verified who they were by sending your child a picture of themselves as a 15 year old teenage boy, when if fact they are a 51 year old pedophile targeting your child as his next victim.
Find out what kind of information your child has in their online profiles. Do not just ask them to tell you what is there, ask them to show you there profile. Do they have a myspace.com account? Do they understand how little information they can give out that can lead an online stalker to find them by researching what they tell them on the WWW?
Read my latest article at the link below and learn new ways to protect you and your children. Please let me know what you think when you are finished reading. I value your feedback and suggestions.
Online Safety- Do You Know Your Child's Online Friends
Most of us know our child’s best friend, boyfriend or girlfriend, and their archenemy. How many know our child’s online friends? As parents, many of us are naïve when it comes to our child’s online friendships. The internet affords us some anonymity. Who is he or she talking to online?
There is a free online Missing and Exploited Children forum where anyone is welcome to visit, and feel free to post concerns, ideas, fun facts, or a question for the editor. As an editor and a parent, I welcome any safety ideas you would like to share on keeping children safe.
Please come by and see what the forum is all about, click on the link below.
I am always updating the stories and information of missing children if you are aware of any information on the website that is outdated or incorrect please let me know. If you have information about a child being found, please send me the information and I will post an update. If you have a missing child and would like information added to the website please contact me directly.
Erika Lyn Smith,
Missing and Exploited Children Editor
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