Safety on the Net Essay

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The Internet is a brilliant tool for men, women and children, who are in search of information for work, school, or for just surfing the web. Kids today are so much more computer savvy than the older generation because they are taught at an early age how to operate them and how to communicate with family and friends on them.
Cyber predators are always lurking through the internet to find our children to abduct and sexually abuse or in some cases even murder them. It is vital that all parents understand that children can be indirectly victimized through conversation, through instant messages like Yahoo, MySpace, and Facebook, as well as the transfer of sexually explicit information and material. Computer-sex offenders will even entice a
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Author Desirée Guery and Keshia Harrell stated that “Movies like You’ve Got Mail show the lighter side of online chatting and dating, but there are dark sides to it as well. The internet makes it easy for people to lie (P1 Ph 3).”
Internet predators are those who seek their victims by the internet, usually in chat rooms, dating sites, or popular social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace and the list goes on. The internet allows the predators to freely disguise themselves as teenagers themselves to lure in innocent kids by developing a friendship, sympathizing with their problems, sharing their interests and finding their vulnerability to lure them away from home. The predator will give the child their undivided attention, kindness or affection and sometimes go as far as giving them gifts (P1 Ph 2).
The Center for Missing and Exploited Children reports that in 2009 there were more than 2,600 incidents of adults using the Internet to entice children. With numbers like that all parents should be monitoring their kids and knowing what they're doing online. But authorities say many parents are clueless about what their kids are doing on social networking sites (p1 Ph 9).
There are, sadly, quite a number of parents who think monitoring is an invasion of their child’s privacy. They treat their sons and daughters like friends rather than their children that need parents, to guide them in life and keep them safe from harm. There are many kids today who are
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