Online Protection For Children

By: Ryan Dearbone Email
By: Ryan Dearbone Email

Did you know that one in every five children who go online has been solicited for sex?

With the ever-widening world of the Internet, it's getting harder to know how you can protect your kids when you're not around.

Stacey Allen is taking the first steps to educate herself on how to protect her boys when they're online.

"I don't necessarily have anything to keep them off the Internet right now if I'm not home," Allen confessed.

Hope Harbor educator Leyda Becker says there are many software programs out there that parents can download that monitor your children.

One website that informs parents is Netsmartz.Org.

"Through that website you can find information for parents, educators, law enforcement and children themselves," Becker said.

Other websites like allow parents to monitor their children's activities online.

But Beckner says there is also hardware you can attach to your computer which keeps track of your child's keystrokes .

"The hardware actually records all the keystrokes or up to a certain amount of keystrokes that your child may be typing. So a parent is able to go back and review what the keystrokes are," Becker explained.

However, your child won't even know it's on the computer.

"You can put one of these hardware devices in your computer and it won't show a specific icon to show the child that something has been downloaded to protect," Becker said.

Her children's safety is something Allen is taking very seriously.

"Just because we live in Bowling Green, we're not isolated. That no matter what they do on the Internet, they think they're talking to a friend, but it may be somebody completely different," Allen said.

And she hopes her kids think about that every time they log-on.

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