Internet Dangers

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

"The Internet can be used for many things", says Kentucky State Police Trooper, Cory Buckner.

Whether your children are logging online to check their email or chat, they need to be careful of who they 're talking to.

"Not everybody out there is as good as they say they are and the Internet is a perfect example of that", says Trooper Buckner.

In fact, you may think your children are safe online, but anyone can be targeted and the Internet makes it hard to know who you're really talking to and what they're intentions really are.

"The problem we are finding is alot of times people portray themselves as somebody that they're not, and they're starting to lure kids away from their parents, away from their loved ones. What we're encouraging parents to do is keep the computer in a common area of the house, that way the children aren't spending late nights talking to the people that they don't know", says Trooper Buckner.

"We try to keep tabs on what they're looking at", says DeAnn McElroy.

DeAnn McElroy has two children and says she and her husband keep their computer in the living room so they can supervise their kids when they're online.

"That way we have easy access to what they're looking at on the computer", says McElroy.

She says her children mainly use the computer for homework, but as far as access, they do limit their children's time online.

"So that they have opportunities to engage in other activities such as outdoor physical exercise and activities", says McElroy.

McElroy also recommends using computer software to limit the websites your children can go to, which will in turn help keep them safe.

"I think it's important to educate our children on how to explore the Internet and it is the responsibility of all parents to make sure that their children are being safe while online", says McElroy.

While the person you're chatting with online can sometimes be a problem so can some of the items children, and even adults, put on websites.

Officers remind you to watch the pictures you place online and to watch what you write, because many law enforcement agencies as well as employers are online too.


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