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How to Keep Your Children Safe Online

If you are a parent, it is very important that you safeguard and watch over your children's internet activity or whenever they access the computer. Today, the number of predators lurking online is countless and letting your children surf online on their own is very dangerous. Children are curious and love to explore new things and it is very easy for these predators to manipulate them and trick them. So, if you have children, think about online safety and learn how you can protect them from these predators or tricksters who may misrepresent themselves online and threaten your children.

How To Protect Your Children Online

Be more involved: Getting more involved and paying more attention to your children and their daily routine is a good way to watch over your children's internet activity. Sit with your children and think of activities that you can both do online. It can be from researching an interesting or an educational topic to playing an online game. You can also research family vacation spots if you are going out of the country on a holiday or do something fun like create a family tree or a family newsletter. By doing this, not only will you supervise your children's online activities but you will also get to spend more time with them and get to know them better.

Place your computer in an open area: It is always a good idea to keep your computer in an open area and where there is a lot of traffic. This way, you can keep an eye on your children while they surf the net. If they access a site which they are not allowed to go to, it gives you a chance to intervene and teach them why it is important not to visit that specific site.

Make rules: Making rules and setting boundaries about what sites to visit and what sites not to visit is also a good way to protect your children. Teach your children and talk to them about what he or she is allowed to do on the computer, how long they are allowed to be on the computer, what software programs they can use and what activities or tasks they are allowed to do. Also, talk to your children and make them aware about the dangers of the Internet and talking to strangers online.

Communicate with your children: Communication is key if you want to protect your children and keep them safe from strangers on the internet. Talk to your children constantly about their Internet activities and get to know which sites they are visiting as well as who they talk to online if they use email and go to chat rooms. Also, let them know that they can approach you anytime if they have concerns or questions they may have encountered while using the Internet.

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Identity theft comes in many forms.

A person\92s identity can be 'borrowed' for the purpose of creating fictional credit cards or a person\92s entire identity can be usurped to the point where they can have difficulty proving that they really are who they claim to be.

Up to 18% of identity theft victims take as long as four years to realize that their identity has been stolen.

There are many ways to protect your personal identity and many steps you can take to prevent your identity from being stolen:

*Never give out unnecessary personal information
*Never provide bank details or social security numbers over the Internet
*Always remain aware of who is standing behind you when you type in your personal credit codes at ATM machines and at supermarket checkout swipe machines.