Children’s Online Safety
Due to COVID-19 and the closure of schools and social activities, children are using the internet now more than ever. Unfortunately, due to this, child predators have more opportunities to exploit young children. It is important for parents to take extra precautions during this time to ensure the safety of your children. Take a look at these 6 tips provided by the United States Attorney’s Office that will help protect your children from online predators.
6 Tips In Protecting Your Children
1. Discuss internet safety with children of all ages that are using the internet.
Many children have a difficult time understanding that some people online are not who they say they are.
2. Set limits around the people you allow your children to communicate with.
Maybe you limit your child’s communication to only people they have met in person or friends that you have met.
3. Set limits on the applications and devices your children use.
Sexual predators often use new technologies that avoid detention by law. If your child is using an application that you are unfamiliar with, consider researching the app or testing it out on your child’s account.
4. Use technology to protect them.
Many devices allow parents to set parameters around which application your child uses and for how long. Other applications allow you to track your child’s technology activity.
5. Pay attention to warning signs.
Children who are sexually exploited often times are embarrassed or nervous to tell authority or parents. If you notice a major withdrawal in your child as their technology use increases, this is a warning sign.
6. Report suspected abuse.
If you suspect that your child may have been sexually exploited online, contact the United States Attorneys Office, your local F.B.I. Office, or report it online at www.cybertipline.org