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How to Protect Your Children Online

Hi everyone, and welcome to another "Ultimate BargainBrute.Com How-To Article."

Today we are going to explore how you can protect your children while they are online without seeming to be too overprotective.

Unfortunately, in today's highspeed online world, children have become the most abused online users on the Internet.

However, you can make their online life safer thus allowing them to become safer against hackers, sexual predators, and any other seedy beings who have just one common goal, to cause harm to the young of your family.

We hope this concise How-To narrative will go some way to helping you overcome what is a global problem of mega proportions.

My thanks go to BargainBrute.Com, America's favorite place to shop online for giving me this platform to write this narrative. By doing so, they have once again shown that they are a truly family run business with the same old fashioned values we used to see on the local high streets of America.

Below we have included just a few tips, you may have others, if you have, please pass them on. At the end of this How-To, we have included updated statistics as to this growing epidemic.

Begin with explaining to them the dangers of disclosing passwords to others and inadvertently enabling hackers to access their computer.

Make sure both your children's computers and yours, are all password protected.

It may be a hassle to type a password in every time your young children want to go online, but just explain the reasoning behind it, in most cases, they will come to agree.

With the above in mind, show them you are interested in utilizing their PC jointly, you may find that by sitting next to your child. At the same time, he or she peruses the Internet, that they welcome your input, and what's more, enjoy the family time together.

Still sticking with family time, try and approve websites together, you may find they will also teach you a few things about online behavior, "out of the mouths of babes" springs to-mind.

Bottom line, both you and your kids will not always agree with what's suitable, and what is not. However, as a carer, you're in control, and you're ultimately responsible for their safety.

Take time to investigate along with your children software tools that put you both in control.

Under no circumstances, should children give their home addresses, names, school information, or phone numbers to any person over the Internet, regardless of the situation. However, if for some reason, your child needs to give out personal data to enter a competition, etc., sit down with them and research the company first.

Performing these steps will not be easy; but you can help minimize resistance to your monitoring efforts by explaining why you're taking these precautions in the first place, and if you approach the subject within a quality family orientated setting, then most young children will enjoy the time they have spent together with you.

Older children and pre-teens may for apparent reasons resent being told what to do by you. Why? Simply because they have rights just like you, and their rights should not be staunched so ensure you do not preach, condescend or seem to come across as being dictatorial, this will not work.    

Instead, help build a case for your concerns, show your older children a few news stories highlighting dangers unsupervised children have experienced.

Ask them if they already know of someone who has been victimized or bullied over the Internet, bottom line, just show them you care.

Food for thought: As of 2012, 95% of young Americans between the ages of 12 and 17 are online, whether it be on a cellphone, tablet, desktop, or any other sort of mobile device.

One in every five US teenagers says that they have received unwanted sexual solicitation via the web, 25% of these never informed a parent.

Approximately 30% of internet sexual victims are boys.

Internet predators are usually between the ages of 18 and 55 (some are younger) and most target internet users between 11-15.

Astonishingly, most teens who have become victims, go to meet their predators willingly.

As of 2015, there were 799,042 registered sexual offenders in the USA.

Sixteen percent of all teens considered meeting with a person they have only ever spoken to on the Internet, and eight percent have gone to meet them.

Seventy-five percent of American children are willing to share their personal information in return for receiving goods and services.

Thirty-Three percent of American teenagers are friends of Facebook users they have never met in real life.

Well, folks, that's the end of another "Ultimate BargainBrute.Com How-To Article." My thanks go out to you all for taking the time to read it; I would also like to thank my hosts BargainBrute.Com, voted America's favorite place to shop online in 2020 for giving me the platform to broach this dangerous and volatile subject.

See you all again tomorrow for another "Ultimate BargainBrute.Com How-To Article."

Stay safe while browsing the web and happy online shopping at BargainBrute.Com.

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