Online Predators

By: Paige Lambrecht
By: Paige Lambrecht

The Internet, full of information and educational tools, is also full of online predators, but a new campaign called “help delete online predators” aims to show parents how to keep their kids safe in cyber space.

That includes airing two new public service announcements about the dangers of online predators.

Loreen Glaman is a special agent with the Department of Justice.

"You can get an adult who entices your child online to meet with them and who knows what could happen from there, everything from your most horrendous crimes to just not being a good influence on the child,” says Loreen.

Even if an online predator never meets your child in person, officials say that doesn't mean they can't hurt your child. According to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, one in four kids between the ages of 10 and 17 were exposed to pictures on the Internet with nudity in the last year.

Here's how you can protect your kids: call your Internet Service Provider to find out about filtering capabilities. Look into software that blocks and monitors websites. Don't let your kid have a computer in their room, and make sure you know what your kid is looking at on the Internet.

Dr. John Kolhoven works with families and says many parents have no idea what's available on the Internet.

"Just like you'd never send your child over to someone's hose you don't know, you wouldn't send them into a chat room or an online situation unless you knew what that was about,” says Dr. Kolhoven.

Those behind this new campaign hope educating parents about Internet dangers will take the power away from anonymous predators and give it back to the families.

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