So parents, every time you post on Facebook about your upcoming vacation plans…you have now told the world and possibly a potential home intruder that your home will be vacant. Every time you post a picture of your child wearing a school uniform, sports team, karate school etc…you have just told a potential predator where your child goes to school etc. Show your children that you are “Thinking” and using your Inner Safety Voice before you post.
One of the most important things you can do to keep your children SAFE online is to make sure that their computers are NOT in bedrooms, or behind closed doors. Computers should be in an open area of the house and parents need to tell their children from a young age, “Using the computer is a privilege not a right – you need to use it responsibly, these are the rules (we recommend you print our computer safety contract for your children to follow) and I am here to guide you and answer any of your questions.” Tell your children, “You can come to me about anything that you are confused or uncomfortable about and I won’t take away your computer.” This is important because this is the main reason children say they don’t tell their parents when they see something inappropriate online.