Sexual predators on the Internet

Do you know what you child is doing when they're on the internet? A survey says no. 85% of kids surveyed said their parents did not know what they did on the internet.

At a meeting on web safety Thursday night (5/15) in Bridgewater, the Virginia's Attorney General's Office tried to get the message out to parents to keep an eye on their kid's web activity. Sexual predators are posing as teens on the internet, meeting kids on-line, and eventually assaulting them. A prosecutor said kids make friends in internet chat rooms with whom they think are other kids. But when they meet in person, it turns out to be an adult sexual predator.

Lisa Hicks-Thomas, a prosecutor with the Virginia Attorney General's Office says, "go in and check your childrens' accounts, go in and check the internet history to visit the different web sites that your children have been visiting, the different chat rooms that your children have been visiting." She advises to look at your kid's e-mails, and that they not post their personal information at web sites that ask them to register. She also said to put your computer in a central location, not in a teen's room.

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