That's why it's important to be aware of what your kids see and hear on the Internet, who they meet, and what they share about themselves online.As with any safety issue, it's wise to talk with your kids about your concerns, take advantage of resources to protect them, and keep a close eye on their activities.Online tools are available that will let you control your kids' access to adult material and help protect them from Internet predators.No option is going to guarantee that they'll be kept away from 100% of the risks on the Internet.A federal law, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), was created to help protect kids younger than 13 when engaged in online activities.
Withdrawal from family life and reluctance to discuss online activities are other signs to watch for. They can use it to research school reports, communicate with teachers and other kids, and play interactive games.Kids who are old enough to swipe a screen can have access to the world. For example, an 8-year-old might do an online search for "Lego." But with just one missed keystroke, the word "Legs" is entered instead, and the child may be directed to a slew of websites with a focus on legs — some of which may contain pornographic material.Aside from these tools, it's wise to take an active role in protecting your kids from Internet predators and sexually explicit materials online.To do that: Many sites use "cookies," devices that track specific information about the user, such as name, email address, and shopping preferences. Ask your Internet service provider for more information.