"Let your child know that the internet is full of people that might try and hurt them, and he or she should be proactive in looking out for those people and the tricks they use to try and lure their victims."
Arlington, VA (PRWEB) February 21, 2013
According to ABC Action News on February 20th, 2013, in Sarasota, FL, 31 men have been arrested in a child-sex sting. The suspects responded to internet ads or social media posts and got involved in sexually explicit conversations. While no actual children were harmed from these predators, it could have very easily been real children that these men were in contact with.
In light of this news, uKnow.com, makers of the online child safety product uKnowKids, wants to offer online predator resources and tips to residents of Sarasota County and surrounding areas, so parents can better protect their children from those dangers.
uKnow.com has put together a resources page for online predator awareness. This page includes a resources tab, where parents can find infographics, tip sheets, and blog entries about ways to keep their children safe from predators online and on mobile phones. uKnowKids has also released a digital parenting eBook that many parents of connected kids will find useful. uKnow.com wants to make sure that community members can keep young residents safe and prevent another incident like this from happening --- with education comes prevention.
uKnow.com’s own co-founder’s son had a scary incident stemming from an online and mobile phone encounter with a child predator. Since that time, Tim Woda has made it his mission to educate himself about internet and mobile safety and spread the lessons he learned to as many parents as possible. He feels strongly that every parent should be aware of their child’s online and mobile activities, so stories like his and so many others never have to happen again.
Tim offers these tips for parents to keep their children safe from online predators:
---Understand the technology that your child is using. Be familiar with all the functions of the technology devices your child is using on their phones, including social network sites, gaming systems, chat sites, etc. Some of these could have messaging and photo-sharing options that you might not even know existed.
---Communicate house rules. Before your child is allowed a phone or computer, he or she should be well-aware of any pre-established house rules. Discuss your expectations for online behavior and the consequences for failing to meet those expectations. Also let your child know that the internet is full of people that might try and hurt them, and he or she should be proactive in looking out for those people and the tricks they use to try and lure their victims.
---Be a vigilant parent. Know who your children are talking to and who is trying to talk to them. The more information you have about their interactions online, the better equipped you will be to interfere if anything dangerous should happen. Children should only use the computer in open areas of the house and never closed off in their room. Parental monitoring systems such as uKnowKids are a great way to help out with this task if you think it is too overwhelming.
---Know your child’s online passwords -- no exceptions!
There are lessons that every parent and child need to learn from the incident in Sarasota, and Tim and his family know about them firsthand. Tim is open to speaking more about his story and the lessons he learned, so parents will take notice and keep their children safe online. uKnowKids is also open to free product distribution in schools and areas that have been affected by cyberbullying. If you are interested in speaking with Tim or want more information about cyberbullying tips, uKnowKids or product distribution, email Callie at charris(at)uknow(dot)com.
Headquartered in Arlington, VA, uKnow.com makes parenting easier and keeps kids safer online and on the mobile phone. uKnow.com powers the world's leading Parental Intelligence Systems including uKnowKids.com, SocialFirefly.com, aBeanstalk.com, SafeCyberKids.com, MySocialScout.net, P911Safety.com and others. For more information, visit http://www.uknow.com