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However, want to be exposed to nudity, pedophiles, and thousands if not millions of other social deviants?You bet it’s on the Internet and just a key touch away from your child or grandchild. So, what do we do about this?First, we educate ourselves. Go to The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website at and download their
study “Online Victimization – A Report on the Nation’s Youth. ” This report will provide an eye opening look at the perils our children are under every time
they access America Online, Compuserve, or the Internet via the local Internet Service Provider. It also provides a telling survey on how parents deal with their children’s use of the Internet. For example, over 85% of parents have talked with their children about being careful talking to strangers on the Net, and 97% of those polled check every now and then on what is on their child’s computer screen. But, only half the parents ever go back and actually check history to ensure the child is indeed staying out of potential problem sites, and only 39% set a limit on the amount of time their child can be on the Internet. Though it appears that parents do realize the potential exposure their children have on the Net, less than 1/2 play a truly diligent role in ensuring their child is protected. Second, we educate others. Gather information from such sites as The National Center and tens of other child advocacy sites including , and speak to your fellow parents in your school system about the dangers presented to our children on the Internet. Stay tuned for future articles on ways to prevent your children from being exposed to unsuitable material.