Comments Laura Greenwood's children know that if they enter a chat room, they will have their computers taken away. Her daughter, a Stratford High student, and son, a fifth-grader at Nottingham, also don't respond to instant messages or e-mails from strangers. This is stuff we've discussed," she said.
In perhaps a new take on the old "Don't talk to strangers" rule, y are using various methods to keep their children safe in a world that didn't exist when they themselves were. Computer chatting of any form is outlawed in the Spring Branch home of Jeannine Holland, the mother of three boys ages 10, 15 and Another parent recently became worried when h checked to see what her children were doing online.
My daughter disagrees, but just doesn't want to consider that aspect. Such a good tool, but so many have used it for such immoral purposes. Other parents tell their children over and over how to protect themselves, both in the real world and online.
And you never meet with strangers," said R. Stevens, parent of a year-old girl and year-old boy.
You don't just talk about strangrs important once and then let it drop. I believe you need to say things repeatedly even if they don't want to hear it, to help get the message across. Claire Sharp, mother of two girls ages 8 and 13, said her primary guard is to have knowledge of what her children are doing when they are on the computer.
It is a problem and one that parents need to be diligent in staying on top of. Identity thieves and sexual predators have found it to be simple to take advantage of others with just a few keystrokes. strajgers
Weeks witu it was frightening to see how quickly the men were willing to meet in person when they thought the person chatt the other end of the line was a teenage female. Sometimes, it will take days or weeks, but they'll keep working at it. Two Sun employees recently visited a chat room on one of the more popular providers and went to a "Texas" room, avoiding the rooms with more adult subject matter, which included titles like "Married but Looking," "BDSM" and "Fetishes.
In a visit to another popular service provider, two reporters posted a profile for a year-old girl from the area but did not initiate any instant messages or visit chat rooms. Within an hour, however, three men from the Houston area-aged 23, 28 and had sent IMs hoping to meet the girl and have sex. Most Popular.