Question: Is there any information available about the do’s and don’ts of placing information on a website such as pictures, hobby info, personal info, and more? We are aware of chat room danger but this is different. We have found nothing that is specific to website information placement. Can you tell us anything more or guide us to a site that addresses this information particularly?
Answer: Personal websites can indeed provide a method whereby child sexual predators gain access to kids, not literal physical access, of course, but access to communicate with a child and work on persuading a child to meet, talk on the phone, etc. Some websites also have photos that may appear innocent to kids, but might be the type of photo of interest to a predator.
Some websites that contain personal information make kids easy to locate. If you allow your kids to have a website, apply this rule: Don’t post anything on a website that you would not be willing to post on the bulletin board of every supermarket in every city in America.
Another great option that addresses all of what your kids might encounter on the Internet: Place a remote monitor (computer screen) in the kitchen or living room so that whatever your child is seeing and doing on the Internet could be seen by others in another part of the house. The cost for a monitor and cable is small. Is this like Big Brother? I think it is no different than influencing what books, television shows, or movies your child has access to.