With the ever-increasing development of computer technology and the increasing number of people who are computer literate, it is much more likely that our children may be victimized or exploited in a computer environment.
Remind your children that no matter how safe or friendly a bulletin board service seems, there is always a potential for danger. Advise them to observe the following safety rules whenever they are online:
Never give out any personal information, particularly real names, phone numbers, and/or financial information, to anyone they meet on the bulletin board service.
Report all electronic harassment and/or abuse to their parents.
As parents, you should notify the bulletin board service's SYSOP (the systems operator) of the problem. If the SYSOP does not give you satisfaction in stopping the abuse, notify the police.
Never set up face-to-face meetings with anyone they meet on the bulletin board service.
If anyone wants to meet face-to-face, children should tell their parents.
Safeguard all credit card and telephone card numbers
Parents should pay for bulletin board services by money order whenever possible.
Warning Signs of Possible Computer Crime Problems
Your child displays a lack of interest in self and appearance, grooming, or indications of lack of sleep.
Computer and modem running late at night, even when unattended.
Computer files ending in GIF, JPG, BMP, TIF, PCX, DL, GL, or FLI. These are picture or graphic image files and may be pictures of a sexual nature and can be of very high quality, including sound and movement.