How Can Parents
Protect Their Children
From Pedophiles On The Internet?

While we here at S.A.B.R.O. Net Security are dedicated to providing the world with computer security information, when we were approached by numerous parents who presented the same question, "How can we protect our children from molesters and pedophiles while they are on the Internet?", we decided to speak up and suggest a few pre-cautions that parents can take to help keep their kids SAFE!

It seems like everywhere you turn, you are pelted with the current events happening on the Internet. Open a newspaper, and on just about every page you'll see a company advertising their new online web site.

Turn on the news, and your bound to hear about another computer hacker racking up some 3 billion dollars on someone's credit card or phone bill.

But the most disturbing news that has parents and communities a like quaking at the knees, is the Internet, their kids, and techno pedophiles on the prowl!

As the Internet becomes more and more main stream, kids of all races, colors and creeds are being exposed to the good, and the BAD points of the Internet.

One parent who e-mailed us here at S.A.B.R.O. Net for advise stated, "I hear all this stuff happening on the Internet with children and these molesters, so what can I do to keep this from happening to my child? My daughter is in the 3rd grade and they have the Internet at their school, and we have it here at home, but I hardly even know how to turn the stupid computer on! Is there any easy way we can enjoy the Internet while keeping my kid out of harms way?"

While there is no absolute "quick and easy" cure here, experts feel that by following a few simple guidelines, you can dramatically reduce the risks of your child ever being approached by an Internet bound pedophile.

The risks to children who use the Internet include:
  • Exposure to sexual or violent material
  • Arrange a meeting that leads to molestation
  • Harassing messages

  1. Give your child the important personal safety knowledge that will keep them safe from child predators in any situation, including playgrounds, malls, your neighborhood, and the Internet. Many of the same rules apply.

  2. Instruct your child to never give out any personal information such as home address, phone number, or school names to anyone they talk to on-line.

  3. Monitor your child's use of on-line services, just as you would any of your child's entertainment activities.

  4. Advise your child that the people they talk to on-line may not be who they say they are. Anyone can say they are a 12-year-old boy who likes computers.

  5. Advise your child not to arrange a face-to-face meeting with anyone without your permission. If they want to meet with someone you should monitor the meeting and make sure it is a public place.

  6. Get to know the on-line services your child uses.

  7. Look into services that will help put safeguards in place to help make sure that children cannot access adult content bulletin boards.

  8. Determine what your child should actually use the Internet for. While the Web is great for finding information for book reports, does an 8 year old child really need an IRC (Internet Relay Chat) program that allows them to talk with people from all over the world?

  9. Set rules and guidelines for your child's computer use.

  10. Advise your child to never respond to threatening or obscene messages.

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