The Internet is a placed filled with information, movies, music, friends, social networks and also predators. There are people who specifically hunt down kids to first friend them then take full advantage of them. Always remember – you can use a people finder service to know for sure. Read on and we’ll explain.
You can’t be there 24 hours a day to monitor who your kids are connecting with so you need to talk to your kids and make them aware that not everyone online is who they say they are. Tell your kids to never say where they live, who they live with or give their last names to anyone they meet online. Make sure you kids know to never send nor accept any photos via email. No web cam chats. Also stress when a new friend says they should be a “secret” or they want to discuss adult things – tell your child to tell you immediately.
Warning signs that your child may be chatting with someone they shouldn’t include closing the laptop whenever you enter the room. Changing screens immediately when you are nearby and also outright lying to you about who they are in contact with. It’s easy enough to see who is emailing your child – just look. You’re the parent – there is no privacy where your child’s safety may be concerned.
Write down the names of the people you don’t know who are in touch with your child and look them up using a people finder service. You can find out who they are, where they live, phone numbers (including cell phone numbers when available) as well as email addresses. You can look the people up on social networks, Facebook and Myspace are great places to start and also don’t forget – you can use the information you’ve gotten to also do background checks online and find out if your child is in contact with someone who is a registered sex offender.
Best of all, from people finder to background checking online – your searches will be completely discreet and the person you’re checking will never know you peeked.