Internet Safety

The Internet has changed the way children learn. If not used effectively and safely, however, it poses risks for youth. At the Boys & Girls Club, we understand that the Internet offers a world of information for kids, but it also presents great dangers from online sexual predators to cyber bullying.
 
With our Club Tech Internet Safety Program, we share tools and tips with our parents and youth so they can have a safer online experience. Please contact us for more information about our Internet Safety Program.
Facts about the Internet (according to Online Victimization: A Report on the Nation’s Youth):
  • 1 in 7 children received a sexual solicitation or approach over the Internet
  • 1 in 3 children had unwanted exposure to sexually explicit material online
  • 1 in 11 children were threatened or harassed
  • 1 in 33 children received an aggressive sexual solicitation from someone who asked to meet them somewhere, called them on the telephone, or sent them mail, money or gifts regularly.
In Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Day for Kids survey, it was found that:
  • More than half of young people (53 percent) say their parents never ask them about whom they are talking to on the Internet
  • 55 percent say their parents never surf the Internet with them Internet
Safety Tips for Parents:
1. Work with your child/teen to set ground rules for how long they can spend online, who they can talk to and what sites they can visit.
2. Keep the computer in the family room or another open area of your home.
3. If children chat, e-mail or send messages on social networking sites, talk to them about never meeting in person with anyone they first "met" online.
4. Know who your children are exchanging messages with, and only let them use chat areas when you can supervise. Limit chatroom access to child-friendly chat sites.
5. Let your children show you what they do online and visit their favorite Web sites with them.
6. If you suspect online "stalking" or sexual exploitation of a child, report it to your local law-enforcement agency or call the CyberTipline at 800-843-5678.

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