What can parents do to minimize the
threat or danger of harassment or sexual solicitation on the
First, they can locate computers in a common room such as the den, a playroom or the parent's bedroom rather than in a child's bedroom. Children will be less likely to seek out inappropriate information and parents can more easily monitor the website they are visiting. It is also very important to talk with your children about possible dangers on the web. Let them know what dangers are out there and to come to you if they are having a problem. Also, take an interest in what they do when they are online. Who are they chatting with or e-mailing? What are they doing when they are online? What websites are they looking at online?
Jodie Lawton, Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009