The internet has opened up a whole new world to children. It can be used as a tool for knowledge, but also a tool for child predators.
In Bryan alone, there have been two cases involving predators on the internet in the last year. So Bryan PD and the city's Information Technologies Department is conducting a class to educate parents about internet safety for children.
"There are a lot of parents that are not computer literate and are not familiar with the internet as far as chat," says Aneya Elbert, IT Systems Specialist.
Both departments hope to inform parents about the threat of sexual predators who use the internet to prey on children. The class is aimed at educating parents about how they can monitor their childrens' online activity.
Elbert adds, "Who are they chatting with? What names are on their buddy list? Can you identify each name? ... those are some basic things."
The experts offer these tips: Put the family computer in a common used area, sit down with your child and talk about the dangers of being on the Internet, and periodically take a look at what they're doing online and what sites they're visiting.
David David is the father of ten. He knows about the possible dangers that lurk online.
"We started communicating a little better with our children. I don't think we have problems now, but it’s what I don't know that worries me," says David.
But with five children still under his roof, he's making sure his children are safe by keeping himself informed.
Computer cop is the latest way parents are keeping tabs on their child's internet activity. It's a disc that recalls all of the images on the computer...from internet sites visited to pictures downloaded.
David adds, "Probably everyone says I didn't think it could happen to me. I don't want it to happen to me."
If you couldn't make it to the class tonight, you can pick up a free copy of the Computer Cop disc at the Bryan Police Department or the Brazos County Sheriff's Office.
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