Parents don’t have to be computer experts to keep their children safe online.
According to the University of New Hampshire’s Crimes Against Children Research Center, the first step is to realize that one out of every five youths who use the Internet receives an online sexual approach of solicitation during a one-year period.
Even scarier, in 15 percent of such cases, the solicitor attempts to meet the child in person. And, only 25 percent of those children who encounter a sexual solicitation tell a parent.
Worse yet, if asked, more than 29 percent of Internet-using children will freely give out their home address, e-mail address and other personal information online.
The Internet Keep Safe Coalition and the GEICO Educational Foundation have teamed up with the University of New Hampshire’s Crimes Against Children Research Center to let parents know how to help keep children safe online:
1. Keep the computer in a common room in the house and position the monitor so it’s available for public viewing.
2. Establish rules for using the Internet and teach your child important safety guidelines.
3. Use blocking...