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CHILDREN ONLINE
No. 59 (MAY-16-2010)

Children Online


The internet opens a world of possibilities for children, expanding their horizons and exposing them to different cultures and ways of life, but they can be exposed to dangers as they browse the internet! Unfortunately, there are individuals who attempt to sexually exploit children through the use of on-line services and the Internet. Children, especially adolescents, are sometimes interested in and curious about sexuality and sexually explicit material. They may be moving away from the total control of parents and seeking to establish new relationships outside their family. Because they may be curious, children/adolescents sometimes use their on-line access to actively seek out such materials and individuals. Sex offenders targeting children will use and exploit these characteristics and needs.

What Are Signs That Your Child Might Be At Risk On-line?


  • Your child spends large amounts of time on-line, especially at night.
  • You find pornography on your child's computer.
  • Your child receives phone calls from men you don't know or is making calls, sometimes long distance, to numbers you don't recognize.
  • Your child receives mail, gifts, or packages from someone you don't know.
  • Your child turns the computer monitor off or quickly changes the screen on the monitor when you come into the room.
  • Your child becomes withdrawn from the family.
  • Your child is using an on-line account belonging to someone else.

If you see any of the above signs that your child might be exploited by someone on the internet, contact the FBI immediately! Don't put your child at risk, the internet is both a wonderful place and a dangerous place for your child, so take this problem seriously.


This article was written by Tim Manasterski, a Metrodaycare.com staff member.

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