Protecting Children Online
How do we go about protecting children online? All children benefit from are taught to be wary of strangers they pass on the street. But the 21st century brought strangers into our homes, chatting with our kids online. Online predators have easy access to connect with kids via social media, online gaming, and other online sites. They may be strangers but the kids view them as friends or confidants.
A talented child abuser will groom their victims online with a false persona that tricks children into believing they are a trusted friend. Law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal level are getting more sophisticated and active in going after these predators but we as parents and adults responsible for the protection of children cannot defer our responsibility. We need to teach and protect our children online so they don’t become prey to child predators.
The conversation should start early and develop as they get older. No child should have a simple “stranger danger” slogan guiding them.
Including the parents in the conversation is a game changer to protect children online. Check out the Parent Guidebook!
Compass Child Protection offers online child abuse prevention training for organizations and individuals.