More and more, predators are using the internet to make your child their next target. According to a recent survey, one in five young internet users have received an unwanted sexual solicitation. That's a scary thought, especially if you're a parent. Before the internet became so popular, child predators would come to places like playgrounds, searching for their next victim, now they have an online window into your home and to your child. Parent and school leader, Steve Bilzi says, "It's easier than ever now because of the internet for sexual predators to attach themselves to some children so it's very important that parents realize that if ever before they've had to question what their children are doing, now they have to question what they're doing on the other side of the wall."
Attorney general, Roy Cooper has a new plan in place, making it easier to watch out for your child while they're online. He says being prepared with the knowledge makes all the difference. "You wouldn't think about letting a kid drive a car without proper training. The same is true for the internet but they may not be wise enough to make the right decisions, once they get online," says Cooper. A special video and resource guide is now available with several tips for parents and children. There, parents can find ideas for establishing rules for internet use. Cooper says it's important to control access to chat rooms and have the computer in a central open location, not in the child's room. "Parents have got to take that step and realize that good kids can get lured into dangerous situations on the internet," says Cooper.
District Attorney, Ben David says it happens all the time, even here at home. "We are seeing online predators in this area and sometimes they're coming from real distant locations, even internationally," says David. Now parents have a new tool to help delete the threat.
The video and resource guide can be found at www.ncdoj.com under internet safety. The materials will also be given to Parent Teacher Associations across the state.
Reported by Darcy Douglass