Nov 1, 2010 4:15 PM by Katie Durio
LAFAYETTE, LA- Among the many online threats to children including: exposure to pornography, harassment and cyber stalking, the most dangerous threat is cyber grooming. Cyber grooming is the process of gaining trust and building false relationships to entice victims. What can parents do:
· Recognize techniques used by online predators to deceive, groom, or intimidate their victims.
· Refuse requests for personal information or a face-to-face meeting.
· Discuss the dangers in using the internet and empower your children to make wise decisions online.
· Develop "rules of the road" with your children.
· Keep the computer in a more public area of the house vs. your child's bedroom.
· Spend time with your children online.
· Encourage your children to tell you about disturbing online encounters.
· Report child pornography and/or sexual exploitation of children to your local law enforcement office and www.cybertipline.com.
The HealthInformationCenter has free information available, such as: "Who Knew? The Internet Safety Issue" (ages 9-11), "What's Up With Internet Safety" (ages 12-14) and "Internet Safety Tips for Parents. To request this information, call (337) 988-1816 or log on to www.womansfoundation.com.