What You Can Do to Keep Kids Safe Online
Let's face it. Sometimes we all do it.
We lull ourselves into a false sense of security that sex trafficking is just a coast problem.
Or a big city problem.
Or a "wrong side of the tracks" problem.
But sex trafficking is a nationwide (and actually, world) problem, affecting more cities and towns and communities and families and individuals than you can imagine.
My friend Stephanie has a heart not only for the young people already caught up in the sex trafficking trade, but also for the kids who are potential targets for this horrendous industry.
Because, sadly, that's what it is -- an industry bent on destruction, driven by money and illicit sex, and always looking for new victims who can be brokered as a commodity.
But the good news -- the really good news -- is that my friend and others are being proactive in protecting kids.
Two things to consider:
(1) Educate yourself about ways to protect your children.
Generate good conversation with your kids that strangers who befriend them online (or sometimes in person) are rarely who they appear to be.
In age-appropriate on-going conversations, talk to them about red flags, the risks of sharing personal information, and the dangers of meeting someone in person.
The more we can help kids build good discernment and the more we build our own discernment, the better equipped we are to protect kids.
Yes, sometimes you have to put boundaries in place on electronic devices. Often times, though, what has the greater impact is the relationship you build with your kids so they know how to recognize when someone is trying to take advantage of them (sexual or otherwise).
(2) If you are in the Omaha, Nebraska, area, consider coming to this upcoming night for parents:
The Set Me Free Project
Night for Parents
February 9, 2016 / 6:30-8:30 pm
Westwood Church / 13056 Atwood Ave. Omaha
This is a great FREE opportunity to learn about online safety, boundaries for devices, human trafficking and PRACTICAL tips to help keep your kids safe.
To find out more, go to this link. And please, share this post. It could save a life. Maybe even the life of a kid you know!
And for more reading on talking to your kids about sex, consider these posts:
10 Worst Mistakes You Can Make When Talking to Your Kids About Sex (PART ONE)
10 Worst Mistakes You Can Make When Talking to Your Kids About Sex (PART TWO)
5 Secrets to Talking to Your Kids About Sex
Conversations With Your Kids About Sex
Talking to Your Kids About Sex: No More One and Done
Top 10 Tips for Teaching Kids About Sex
4 Things to Know About Teens, the Media and God
Top 10 Questions Teens Ask About Sex
Tips for Talking to Kids About Sex
Copyright 2016, Julie Sibert. Intimacy in Marriage Blog.
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