As a parent to create awareness about internet security, many measure can be taken to ensure safety for your children when using a computer as there are many risks which could occur which could either damage your computer or even your child.
For example, there are viruses which can be harmful on your computer and if you use internet banking than, hackers can steal your details using phishing emails or websites and steal your identity, if your child or you click on a link or download a file which is harmful than your computer can be infected, however, this could be prevent by purchasing a good anti virus program, these will also protect the computer from other viruses which are harmful.
Also if your children persistently use the internet then they can go on website which are inappropriate however there can be content filters on web browsers which can lower the risk of children going on bad websites. Also checking the web history that your child has just been using will help.
Finally, if you become aware of the language that is used by children over the net with lots of abbreviations for example LOL (laughing out loud), or in fact POS (parents over shoulder) is one that is sometimes used which you could become familiar with for your child’s safety. This article describes how an online predator advertised a fake modeling agency on the internet to lure young girls, then he “would push and push as far as he could with the girls to see if he could draw them further into his web of sexual activity,”.
This shows how he was able to target girls, easily by producing a “modeling” agency, which shows how he was able to target a large number of girls due to the increase in interests of modeling careers; he also targeted girls on under 18 chat rooms which he was allowed access to, this allowed him to attract vunerable girls easily and lure them. He was able to target girls with something they were interested in which allowed him to gain a wide range of younger girls, and also he was allowed to gain access to under 18 chat rooms, he was also able to subvert a filter placed by a child’s parents.
A feasible solution to this topic and methods which could be taken out to help stop predators like this could be to make under 18 chat rooms, secure and make sure that users must go through an identity check, where personal details are filled out from something to help prove the child’s identity, for example a child’s passport number or some personal evidence which would not have a big impact of somebody was to get hold of the information also these would need to be incredibly secure.
Also if a child is going to be meeting up with a person they had met online then they would need a responsible adult to accompany them when they meet, this would mean that children in schools would need to be educated on this matter more thoroughly. Finally making sure filters are more secure so that they cannot by bypassed.