Keeping kids safe when they are going back to school is on the top of every parents mind. With all of the electronic devices our children are exposed to, we have to protect them from online predators. As a mother I want to help educate other parents to take the necessary measures to protect their children. In a study of actual cases of predation from a sample of more than 2,500 law enforcement agencies, nearly two-thirds of the victims communicated with their offender online. Here are a few safety measures you can take to prevent your children from becoming a victim.
Begin by teaching your children how to use the Internet in age appropriate stages. The legal age for a child to have a profile on sites like Facebook, Instagram is 13. Remind kids that when they meet someone on the Internet, the person may not be who they say they are. Teach your kids what subjects should NOT be discussed online: sex, threats of violence,drugs, illegal activities. Remind your kids to never put personal information online.
This is one of the reasons we’ve created Daily Safety Check. We have created a system that prevents children from going to malicious sites where the predators lurk.
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