Understand the technology that your child is using. Be familiar with all the functions of the sites your child is using including social networks, gaming systems, mobile phones, chat sites, etc.
Arlington, VA (PRWEB) June 20, 2013
According to the News Talk Florida, an online predator sting carried out in Polk County, FL has netted 41 arrests. According to a news release, these predators traveled from as far as Wisconsin and as near as Georgia “to have sex with 13 to 15-year-old boys and girls” they met on social media sites. uKnowKids and Internet and mobile phone safety expert Tim Woda want to provide online predator awareness tips for parents so they are able to better protect their children online and on the mobile phone.
Tim offers these tips for parents to keep their children safe from online predators:
1) Understand the technology that your child is using. Be familiar with all the functions of the sites your child is using including social networks, gaming systems, mobile phones, chat sites, etc. Some of these could have messaging and photo-sharing options that you might not even be aware of.
2) Be a vigilant parent. Know who your child is 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. Parental monitoring systems such as uKnowKids are a great way to help out with this task if you think it is too overwhelming.
3) Know all of your child’s passwords. No exceptions.
4) Communicate house rules. Before your child is allowed a phone or device with internet connection, 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, including not speaking to strangers, not accepting friend requests from people you don’t know, and not agreeing to meet in person that you met online without a parent present.
uKnowKids 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.
Tim’s son had a scary incident stemming from an online encounter with a child predator. Since that time, Tim has made it his mission to educate himself about internet safety and spread the lessons he learned to as many parents as he could. He feels strongly that every parent should be aware of their child’s online and mobile activities so stories like this never have to happen again.
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