Having Internet at home is a great help for you and your children for everyday activities, through cooking recipes to science homework. However, as we have discussed in previous posts, Internet also represents a risky tool if you are not controlling what your family has access to. If that is your case, you probably want to consider these 4 fast and easy tips to prevent online child sexual abuse. This is a help to prevent other cybercrimes so popular today and to protect your family. Here, we show you the most important tips:
- Act against any irregularity. If you think your child or any child is endangered on the Internet go to the police or search for help in online agencies or institutions such as Counter Pedophilia Investigative Unit and denounce the situation. And also inform the authorities if you see any inappropriate content on the Internet.
- Control the use of chats and messaging programs. Chat, social networks and instant messaging services can be the means that children use to share interests and build friendships. Nevertheless, the anonymity of the Internet can put children in the way of abusers or imposters.
- Create different account on the computer. Establish different users and allow your child to have his/her own account and profile, this will avoid accesses to programs or unwanted files. It is important to have an adult account like “administrator” (for complete control over the computer) and the child has a “limited user” with which the child will not change or install new hardware or software, games, music players or chat programs.
- Do not share personal information. Control personal data requested by children’s pages and pay attention to those that ask for personal information. Talk to your child for he/she understands the dangers about providing certain information publicly and also discuss about sweepstakes and promotions online. It is always important to tell your child that nobody is going to give something for nothing.