Kid Internet safety requires you to be knowledgeable of the kind of online verbiage â€“ in the form of abbreviations and also euphemisms â€“ that predators trolling the Internet for unsuspecting young victims love to engage in. By and large you will find the most concentrated collection of such creeps and their language on MySpace and Yahoo!Chat, but other venues also have their fair number of pedophiles.
In some cases the creeps will actually thumb their noses at those perusing the list of users with whom the child may be interacting. You will notice in their online handles certain abbreviations which signal to other pedophiles hip to creep speak whether they are into little girls (LGs) or looking for special young friends (SYF). Of course, in some cases the online name is so suggestive that even an only cursory glance will reveal that the individual on the other end of the contact is one sick person your child needs to refrain from contacting or interacting with at all costs.
Kid Internet safety requires parents to be hip to creep speak but they also need to be aware of what is going on in the first place. To this end it is wise to invest in a parental control program you can upload to your computer with the intent of being made aware of the various websites your child visits but also the emails she or he sends out in the course of a day.
Of course, the most important aspect of parental control is the consistent alertness to changes in behavior that may indicate either an unhealthy obsession with a website or a poster, or conversely a dread to log on and a fearful attitude of email and other computer functions. Gently but decisively work with your child to understand what is happening and what troubles her or him.