It is that time of year when school is almost out and kids will be spending more time at home, unsupervised. If you are one of the millions of households with a home computer, this means that your child may be spending more time "on-line". Parents must be aware that there are a few risks to children using online services that include exposure to inappropriate material such as pornography, and graphic language/suggestive writings, physical molestation, and harassment such as obnoxious or threatening messages.
A computer allows strangers into your house. Children using the "chat" rooms can obtain a false sense of security and are susceptible to requests for personal information about themselves or their families. The other "kids" in the chat room are often really adults, possibly a child predator, trying to lure your child and gain their friendship, eventually ending in a face-to-face meeting.