Many government organizations are doing their part to help protect children online, but are parents doing their part?
The most effective way to keep kids safe online is by keeping parents educated and involved in their kids Internet life. There are so many parents that don't understand the fast evolving web technology like social networking, blogging, IM, and file sharing and how they can put their family at risk.
One of the fastest growing threats is online predators. These manipulative predators understand and use the same websites that kids are using, this way it is much easier for them to find their prey. Most kid's share several different bits of personal information that even most parents would think is harmless, but there are ways online predators can use this information to locate your child. In fact the F. B. I. has documented cases where predators have stalked and raped young teens by using these bits of information.
There are many other dangers online for both children and their parents including identity theft, cyber bullying, illegal file sharing, and spyware to name just a few. Many parents have been sued for $5,000 or more because their kids were downloading copyright protected music and movies online and if you try to fight the lawsuit in court it will cost you even more money and you won't win.
There's also many kids that have helped their parents become victims of identity theft because of things they unintentionally installed on their family computer.
Parents are held responsible for their children's online actions, if you're a parent that has kids using the Internet you better take action now and get involved in your child's Internet activity.
Dan Ivancic is the author of “Internet Security For Parents" a book dedicated to educating parents about the many hidden dangers online. This book is a must read for any parent with kids using the Internet. For more information please visit: http://www.internetsecurityforparents.com