Predators and pedophiles regularly use the internet as a tool to gain trust and access to children. If you ever watched to catch a predator, its obvious how many predators and repeat predators online there are. They try to mask themselves as other kids or authority figures and expose them to pornography or try and arrange to meet the children.
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), 1 in 5 children who use the Internet have received a sexual solicitation while online. If your children end up in the wrong areas on the internet or chat rooms that predators use to try and gain trust, then they can be exposed to many different potential harmful situations.
Another fact that the NCMEC said is that only 27 percent of kids who receive unwanted sexual content including explicit videos, photos or an invite to meet someone are likely to report it to someone. 3 out of 4 kids say nothing.
As a parent you have different options.
-You can never let your kids access the internet, but this could limit their access to valuable information for schoolwork. It?s also beneficial to have your kids learn how to use the internet at a young age to develop skills they could use at a job in the future.
-You can look over there shoulders while there watching the internet, but is that possible? Most likely you can?t watch over them %100 of the time and the kids won?t like that to top it off.
-A good option is using computer monitoring software. This way you can monitor your kids activity, record every website they visit, see emails or chats they send or received or programs and games they used. You can talk with your children about their internet activity and give them a guideline of what you approve of and what you don?t. That way you don?t have to completely separate them from the internet, you also don?t have to be watching over there shoulders a %100 of the time.