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Step 1: Get involved

One of the most very important things you can do about helping to stop Internet predators and pedophiles is get involved. How do you go about doing this? Well, the very first thing you can do is help to educate your children about the possible dangers on the Internet. Now, this might be a little bit harsh but you need to make sure you educate your children as to the types of individuals that are out on the Internet.

What do I mean by this? Well, what I mean is that there are people out there that will put 10 to be someone they are not. You need to make sure to educate your children and let them know that do not blindly accept any one as to what they claim to be. This is a major step in helping to stop internet predators and internet pedophiles.

This way at least your children will be better prepared and will look at anyone that approaches them on the Internet with a bit of suspicion. This is a good thing when it comes to the Internet, since you can be whoever you want to be on the Internet. And the internet is the playground for predators and pedophiles.

One of the things you need to think about is the fact that Internet predators and pedophiles need to find victims.  And what better place to find a victim than a social networking website that allows you to search for friends based upon age, location, background, or hobbies that you have in common.

Sit with them and watch what they do. Look at the website said they go to as well and help to explain to them some of the things that they need to be aware of when visiting these websites. Make sure you also go over with your children about e-mail and not blindly opening up any e-mail that is set to them. Make sure to explain to your children the fact that there are a number of computer viruses out there that will put 10 to send e-mail from a friend of theirs with an attachment when in fact it is the virus itself and not their friend that has sent the e-mail. now if you do suspect that the individual that has contacted your child could be a predator or pedophile then you need to make sure you know how to report an Internet predator or how to report an Internet pedophile to  the proper authorities.

Make sure that you have a current and up-to-date antivirus product on your children’s computer. Now, the next thing you need to worry about is its great that you have an antivirus product on your computer but you need to make sure to schedule regular scans of the computer itself. My suggestion is that you set the antivirus product to scan on a weekly basis.

Next, you need to make sure that you run any regular software update on your children’s computer. Now if you’re running a Microsoft Windows computer you need to run the Windows update on a monthly basis. Microsoft updates its software every second Tuesday of the month. This is now become known as Microsoft Tuesday and is the day that you need to run the Windows update program. One of the major ways that hackers and criminals are able to break into a computer is because the computer is not patched with the latest software from Microsoft. Now just because you’re running Windows update does not mean you’re updating all of the computer. You need to also run Microsoft office update in order to update the Microsoft office software.

Another one of things you can do to help protect your child from Internet predators and pedophiles is to set up filtering on your children’s computer. What this means is able to filter the websites that they are allowed to go to and visit. This type of filtering can happen at the computer itself, or you can put the filtering in place at the firewall in your house. In the next series of articles I will be talking about how to lock down Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari on a computer. I will also cover the different aspects of walking down a firewall at your house.

Again when the biggest waste protect your children is to get involved in the activity on the Internet with your child. it is up to you as a parent to help stop Internet predators and to help stop Internet pedophiles by getting involved with your children’s activity on the Internet and helping to educate them that are present on the Internet but, also the great things that they can do while on the Internet.