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Internet Dangers to Children and What You Can Do

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The Internet is an extraordinary tool for parents to learn 
how to be more effective and successful in raising children. 
Unfortunately, the Internet is also a place where children can 
be seriously endangered and victimized by sexual predators. 

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Internet Dangers to Children and What You Can Do
Copyright © 2006 Kerby T. Alvy, Ph.D.
Center for the Improvement of Child Caring

The Internet is an extraordinary tool for parents to learn 
how to be more effective and successful in raising children. 
Unfortunately, the Internet is also a place where children can 
be seriously endangered and victimized by sexual predators. 

A study by the British NOP Research Group found that of the four 
million children aged seven to 17 who surf the net, 29% percent 
would freely give out their home address and 14% would freely 
give out their e-mail address if asked 

A Parents' Internet Monitoring Study (2005) prepared for Cox 
Communications, the National Center for Missing and Exploited 
Children, and NetSmartz, determined that nearly three out of 
10 parents in their study didn't know or were not sure if 
their children talk to strangers online. 

An even more shocking report by The Crimes Against Children 
Research Center titled Online Victimization: A Report on the 
Nation's Youth (2000) found that one in five youth using the 
Internet receive online sexual solicitations. 

These dangers have recently become more widely acknowledged as 
more young people are using the Internet for social networking 
and friendship communication purposes. A good example of this 
phenomena is the use of (which now has over 70 
million youthful members) and

The careless use of such websites by naive and gullible young 
people has been putting hundreds of thousands of such children 
and youth in the direct lens of sexual predators from every state 
and country.

These realities, threats and dangers call out for parental 
intervention, as well as intervention by schools, churches, 
community groups, and law enforcement agencies.

One such organization, i-SAFE, (whose work is supported by such 
federal government agencies as the U.S. Department of Justice's 
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention) provides 
many concrete actions for parents, schools and communities to 
take to protect children from these hazards, as well as 
mobilizing youth themselves in this war against Internet 

On their website,, they offer a i-PARENT Toolkit CD on 
how best to deal with sexual predators, cyber bullying, cyber-
security and identity theft. In the kit is information about 
Internet safety issues, the National i-PARENT Campaign along 
with an i-PARENT Toolbox which shows parents how to:

1. Join or create an I-Parent Board
2. Conduct an I-Parent Program or Training
3. Promote Youth Empowerment
4. Adopt a School.

Parents can also get the current issue (as well as back issues) 
of i-PARENT Times. This downloadable publication has a variety of 
helpful tips, ideas and information that parents can utilize to 
learn about what their children are doing online.

Kerby T. Alvy, Ph.D. is a nationally and internationally 
respected authority on parenting and parent training. He is the 
executive director and founder of the Center for the Improvement 
of Child Caring in Studio City, CA. The center has a variety of 
parenting books, videos and other products available on its Web 
site  On his blog,, Dr. Alvy addresses a variety 
of parenting topics, issues, and trends. Dr. Alvy is available 
as a consultant, speaker, and media guest. For more information, 
go to  To sign-up for Dr. Alvy's  
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