Gamer Danger: Keeping Your Children Safe Online Is Not Easy. Here Is Some Commonsense Help

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Parents should learn to recognize the signs of victimization and grooming so that they will know if their child is exhibiting them. Investigators with Homeland Security recommend that kids don't accept friend requests from strangers and only chat with people they know online to avoid meeting a child predator.
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Computers should be kept in a common area of the house so that parents know who their kids are connecting with online, and what they're talking about. Children should know not to share photos of themselves online that they wouldn't want to be seen by family, teachers, or strangers.
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Parents should encourage their kids to tell a trusted adult if anything they see online makes them feel scared, confused, or uncomfortable. They should also make sure that children know to report anyone who shares offensive content or pictures that might embarrass another person. They should also be encouraged to report any cyber-bullying, whether it is happening to them, or someone they know.
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Parents should set limits for what sites their children can visit. They should also ask to see what sites their children are visiting frequently. It is important to be mindful that online technology is also available on cellphones, laptops, tablets, and gaming devices. In order to stay informed about their children's digital lives, parents should have ongoing conversations with their kids about who they're meeting online and what they're talking about.
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To keep your information protected, HSI recommends that you change your passwords regularly and avoid sharing personal information, such as you home address and phone number online. People should also check their privacy settings frequently, as the settings might change or reset during site updates.
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