A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety – Valuable Tips from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)

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The Internet has become an integral part of our lives. I grew up in an era where computers were emerging as a tool and toy but it clearly was not so pervasive as it is now. Children have access to computer as home, school, and elsewhere. As parents and caregivers, it is important to know what our children are doing online. The computer and Internet have become new playgrounds for not only children but also for child predators and sex offenders. Often times, children become victims or pawns in a dangerous game controlled by child predators and sex offenders. In light of the dangers out there, parents should take a proactive role in knowing what their children are doing online and keep close tabs on their children. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has a very useful guide posted to its website called A Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety. Parents should read this guide and other information out there to better educate themselves on Internet safety and their children. Knowledge and action on the part of parents can go a long way to protecting children from the dangers of the Internet.