Dallas Attorney On How All Parents Should Protect Children From Internet Predators.

April 26, 2010

Over the last decade, a bewildering assortment of laws have been passed recently to protect children from online pedophiles, Internet pornography, and advertisers. Some laws have been challenged and overturned; others have been upheld. Much of the proposed legislation never gets past the committee stage.

The bottom line is: The government is not going to protect your child. Thus, the purpose of this article is to urge you to abide by the checklist below to keep your children safe from predators.

Frightening Statistics Tell The Story: (According to the National Internet Safety Group “Protect Kids) –>

  • 6 Million American children between the ages of 6 through 17 years of age have their own personal Websites;
  • Only 1/3 of households with Internet access are proactively protecting their children with filtering or blocking software;
  • 75% of children are willing to share personal information online about themselves and their families in exchange for goods and services;
  • Approximately 25% of children who encountered a sexual approach or solicitation on the Internet have told a parent;
  • 1 out of 5 American teenagers who regularly log on the Internet say they have received an unwanted sexual solicitation via the Web;
  • 1 out of 33 children received an aggressive sexual solicitation within the past year (i.e. asked to meet the child somewhere, called on the phone, offered money or gifts, etc.);
  • 75% of the targets for online predators are age 14 or older. Another 22% are from ages 10 to 13;
  • 75% of children solicited online were not troubled children;
  • 10% of children solicited online did not use chat rooms;
  • Only 17% of children could name a specific authority, such as the FBI, CyberTipline or an Internet service provider, to which they could report and Internet crime;
  • Only 11% of parents could name a specific authority, such as the FBI, CyberTipline or an Internet service provider, to which they could report and Internet crime;

The following checklist is recommended to help protect your children:

  • Install software to filter out harmful Web sites;
  • Only provide child-safe search engines;
  • Never reveal, and make sure your child never reveals personal information online to anyone;
  • Do not share files with strangers;
  • Monitor children’s Web sites;
  • Avoid chat rooms; and
  • Consider spy software;

It is clear that the Internet provides a valuable service for our children, but it also poses great potential for danger. Parents must take appropriate precautions to keep children safe while using the Internet. We cannot rely upon our government to stop these Internet predators from harming our children.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the foregoing, please contact our office at (972) 303-4529 or visit our website for other helpful tips in raising your children in today’s society www.TexasJusticeForAll.com.


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