The teenage boy named Quan did what many teenage boys do: He spent hours on social media websites befriending young girls.
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Georgia’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force says parents should give their young children guidance before letting them delve online out into cyberspace. It offers these recommendations:
- Only allow Internet access in a common room of the house, because it will discourage children from accessing offensive sites; also, predators often ask children where they are and become more aggressive if they know children are in a private place.
- Develop and maintain good communication and an open relationship with your child – so they will feel free to confide in you if they are lured into doing something they regret on the Internet.
- Establish rules and values regarding cyberspace, just as you do for other aspects of your family life.
- Consider technology options that help establish “cybersafe” environment; these include review filters, firewalls and monitors.