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Child Safety and Awareness #2 - "The Internet"

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CHILD SAFETY AND AWARENESS - #2

KEEPING YOUR CHILD SAFE WHEN THEY ARE ON

THE INTERNET


THE  INTERNET  LURE

The Internet is a powerful tool that has made our world a little smaller and more informed.  However, for all its good, the Internet also has its faults.  Just as you shouldn’t trust every telephone caller, you must exercise an equal amount of caution regarding the Internet. 

There are two ways the Internet poses a risk for children.  First is communication.  If you don’t allow your child to talk to strangers on the telephone, you shouldn’t allow them to communicate with them on the Internet either.

Second is access.  Since the growth of the Internet, sexual predators have found they are no longer restricted to just parks, school grounds, and malls.  Instead, they can anonymously roam freely from chat room to chat room cruising for unsuspecting kids.  Now, with millions of children using the Internet, law enforcement has become increasingly more challenged by predators using computer technology to victimize children.

Children should never use their own name when talking on the Internet.  Everyone they talk to on the Internet should be viewed as a stranger and therefore nothing personal should ever be divulged. 

INTERNET  LURE  SCENARIOS

SCENARIO #1

You’re in a chat room talking to someone and he/she asks for your name and address.  What would you do?   

ANSWER:  Under no circumstances do you divulge this information.  Show your parents and then get out of that chat room.

SCENARIO #2

You notice you have an e-mail.  You find that it’s an e-mail from someone you’ve never communicated with before.  He/She claims that he can get you a deal on the latest video games.  What do you do?

ANSWER:  Do not respond to the e-mail.  Show the e-mail to your parents immediately.

SCENARIO #3

You’re chatting online with one of your friends from school when suddenly someone else cuts in and identifies himself (or herself) as a classmate.  He/She asks both you and your friend to meet him/her at the corner store later that evening for a soda pop.  What would you do?

ANSWER:  Never go meet any strangers you talk to on the Internet.  Show the chat room correspondence to your parents to report to the authorities.

We want our children to learn and grow.  The Internet is a useful tool to learn, grow, and share.  However, it can also be a dangerous place.  We as adults, parents and teachers have a responsibility to always to make sure our children will be safe on the Internet.  Open and constant lines of communication and education with our children are essential to their ongoing safety.  

                                                                                    Professor Garland R. Johnson

                      www.coloradospringskidskarate.com

Revised: 8-20-07



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