Internet Safety, Who Is Really Online

January 6, 2008 by David S. Seltzer

Fantasy, anonymity, it's what people think they are doing when they chat on the Internet. When your child chats online with an individual who claims to be their friend, shares in their problems, understands their fears and their dreams, basically placating to their every whim, chances are they are not who they seem to be. The Internet has become a breeding ground for pedophiles, and the new online playground allows them to pursue their targets within the confines of their home.

Technology has evolved to the point where within a short period of time, law enforcement can pin point a location of an individual whom they are chatting with online. Police departments are growing with technology, in order to stay one step ahead of the criminals they are chasing. Police departments and other government agencies have made child solicitation and cyber crime a top priority in order to protect our Nation’s children.

Check out http://www.netsmartz.org/ to learn more about protecting your children online and how to educate your kids about the Internet and Parent's Guide to Children's Online Safety http://www.usdoj.gov/criminal/ceos/onlinesafety.html.