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Ten Great Ways to Keep Children Safe Online

The Internet is a dream come true. Or is it? A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of New Hampshire found that 42% of Internet users between the ages of 10 and 17 say they have seen online pornography at least once in the past 12 months. Ready for the kicker? A staggering 66% of those exposed to it say they stumbled onto the material unintentionally. Compound this with the fact that online child predators abound and identity thieves are lurking in nearly every corner and you soon realize that the pleasant dream we like to call the Information Highway could easily turn into your worst nightmare!


Statistics like these certainly make the Internet sound bleak and uninviting, but just like anything else in life, we are often forced to weed out the bad in search of the good. Using the Internet is no different and you should not let the bad stuff keep you or your kids from experiencing the virtual wonders of our world. The tasks you can accomplish online these days are seemingly endless. You can pay your bills, chat with friends on the other side of the globe, and even find instant answers to the most detailed of questions all from within the comfort of your own home. So how do you shield your children from all the Cybernasties out there yet still allow them to take advantage of this amazing resource? Read on.


1. Do your homework. Take the time to read the Privacy Policy closely for the sites your children are visiting. This will tell you what type of information, if any, the sites collect and what they do with the data. If you come across a website that does not have a Privacy Policy, or does not have basic information regarding they way they protect their visitor's information, contact the site operator directly to request this information.


2. Hold their hand. For those new to the web, it can be beneficial for them to surf with an adult for a while before navigating on their own. This approach allows them to observe the right way to use the Internet and helps them to develop good surfing habits.


3. Set boundaries and enforce them. Take the time to educate your children on what constitutes a website that is acceptable for them to view, and what types of sites they must refrain from visiting. Be up front with them and let them know that a violation of this rule will result in the loss of their Internet privileges.


4. Install Internet filtering software. Considering the fact that two thirds of all children that come across offensive material online do so accidentally, it is a good idea to install software that blocks it from showing up on your computer in the first place. While not foolproof, Internet filtering software can provide an extra layer of protection for your children. Be sure to install and configure the software properly for maximum security and protection.


5. Tell them never to meet with strangers. Teach your children that they should never get together with anyone they have met online unless an adult you trust accompanies them. It is important that they also know why they should never do so, and what could happen to them if they choose to disobey.


6. Help them learn to be cautious. Share with your children that it is unacceptable to give out personal information online without checking with you first. This includes home and school phone numbers and addresses, as well as sending pictures via email or chat sessions.


7. Keep them suspicious. Your children should know that people they have met online might not always be who they say they are. Someone claiming to be a 12-year-old girl could easily be an adult looking to kidnap a child.


8. Teach them to run away. It is going to happen. Expect it. Eventually your children will cross paths with objectionable material, receive a questionable email, or have a chat session turn toward an uncomfortable topic. Let them know in advance that this stuff can happen, that it is not their fault, and that they should log off the Internet immediately and notify an adult.


9. Stay informed. Keep ahead of the game by regularly visiting websites devoted to online child safety and subscribing to their newsletters. Six great resources to get you started:


GetNetWise - http://www.getnetwise.org

iSafe - http://www.isafe.org

Net Family News - http://www.netfamilynews.org

SafeKids - http://www.safekids.com

SafeTeens - http://www.safeteens.com

staysafe.org - http://www.staysafe.org


10. Go with your gut. If something seems fishy about a particular website, chances are your instincts are sending out red flares for a reason. Better to listen to your conscience and keep your children safe than to suffer the potential consequences of looking the other way.


Safe surfing!


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Loren Brewer is the President of Wingenuity, Inc., a computer service and repair company for business and residential customers in the Michiana area. In his spare time, Loren enjoys fishing, hanging out with his beautiful wife Kimberly, and visiting with family and friends.


Originally printed in:
Michiana Family Magazine
Michiana Family Magazine


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Our Service Areas

Michigan - Buchanan, Burr Oak, Cassopolis, Centreville, Colon, Constantine, Dowagiac, Edwardsburg, Jones, Kalamazoo, Marcellus, Mendon, Niles, Portage, Schoolcraft, Sturgis, Three Rivers, Union, Vandalia, Vicksburg, White Pigeon


Indiana -Bristol, Dunlap, Elkhart, Goshen, Granger, Howe, Indian Village, LaGrange, Lakeville, Middlebury, Millersburg, Mishawaka, Nappanee, New Paris, Osceola, Roseland, Shipshewana, Simonton Lake, South Bend / Notre Dame, Topeka, Wakarusa


As you can see we cover most areas in Berrien County, Cass County, Kalamazoo County, and St. Joseph County in Southwest Michigan, as well as most areas in Elkhart County, LaGrange County, and St. Joseph County in Northwest Indiana. We may cover other Michiana areas not listed above, contact us to find out about your location.


*Please Note: We service all towns listed above, but customers in our local service area (within 30 miles or less of our location) will not be charged a travel fee. Customers in our service area that are 30 miles or more from our location will still be serviceable, but will be charged the Extended Service Area Fee.


Are you located outside of our extended Michiana service area? Don't worry, we can still help! We provide specific computer services remotely through mail order, phone, or email. Check out the Outside Michiana page for more information.

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"I wanted to express to you how pleased I am with the website and the level of service I received from you folks. The website looks great and I have already been receiving compliments on it! I found you and your staff to be extremely friendly and responsive at helping me get the most out of my new website...[more]"

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"...As a small business owner in Bristol for over twenty years it's a pleasure and a tremendous load off my mind to have a relationship with this company...It's wonderful to have another top notch company here in Bristol. They're the best![more]"

-Thomas Russell
Owner
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Bristol, IN


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Elkhart, IN


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"I just wanted to take a minute to say thanks for the work you did on our computer system. As you know, computers are basically a mystery to me so, it follows that the cost to fix things are a bigger mystery. Your common language explanation of what needed to be done and your up front pricing made for a refreshing experience...[more]"

-Larry Welborn
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Sturgis, MI


"Wingenuity takes an enormous worry off my shoulders by being my on-call IT department. As a small business owner, it is not prudent for me to hire IT staff, however I do have important computer related issues that need resolved. Their staff is honest and patient, and they always look for the solution that is economical and efficient...[more]"

-Charrise McCrorey
Owner
Full Out and Fearless
Elkhart, IN


"I have so appreciated your help and service in selecting and using my new computer. Your knowledge, efficiency, accuracy, availability, and ability to explain things in a way that I, a "home computer learner," can understand has far exceeded any past experience I have had. I WILL HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOUR SERVICES."

-Gloria Ganger
Residential Customer
Bristol, IN


"It was a pleasure working with you on the creation of our new website. Thanks for taking the time to make sure we were satisfied with each and every page. From start to finish it was apparent that we made the right choice by selecting your company. Your open and honest approach to doing business is highly refreshing."

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"What a pleasure working with you. I think this comes so easy for you that you do not realize now really really good you are. Thank you so much. You have such a way about you that I found working with you to be most enjoyable. You turned something I was dreading into something pleasant...[more]"

-Dee Meyer
Residential Customer
Three Rivers, MI


"I just wanted to tell you how pleased we were with the friendliness of Kim when we first called to see if you could help us with our home computer problems. I had bought my wife Penny a computer a year ago at Christmas, and had nothing but problems trying to get on the Internet to check emails and other things. We spent some $150.00, and several trips to a computer shop, and still could never use the wireless router, let alone get to our email. When I saw your ad stating if you couldn't fix the problem then we would pay nothing, how could I not call you with a deal like that! ...[more]"

-Marty Bergeson
Residential Customer
South Bend, IN


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