Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | June 9, 2009

Why Your Child Is At Risk For Internet Predators

I am so hurt by what I read in the papers today. It is so important that parents monitor their children’s Internet usage. I personally don’t have any kids as of yet but I do have a 10 year old sister and MAMMA DON’T PLAY THAT ya hear! My mother makes sure that Internet filters and passwords are all over the Internet so that my sister is not lured into harms way when she is on the Internet for school or play purposes. Read the below article found in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Gwinnett Countypolice say a 26-year-old man posed as a teenage girl on the Web site MySpace.com to lure a 13-year-old boy for sex.

Antoine Louis Johnson is being held in the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond. Johnson was arrested Friday and charged with aggravated child molestation and child molestation.

Authorities said the boy told a guardian early last week that he had been molested in June 2008.

The boy said he met a girl on the social networking site who promised sex if he would allow her brother to perform sexual acts on him, according to police.

Johnson picked up the boy near the entrance of his neighborhood and took him to a nearby vacant house for sex, authorities said.

Police learned that Johnson contacted a friend of the boy and sought a meeting, again pretending to be a 16-year-old girl.

Johnson arranged a meeting Friday with the boy and his friend at the intersection of Indian Shoals Road and Biltmore Oaks Drive, police said. Investigators approached Johnson and took him into custody.

Additional charges are pending, police said.

Police are asking any other potential victims to come forward.

WHAT THE UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH SAYS ABOUT THE INTERNET 

1. Placement of the computer. Any computer used for Internet access should be located in an area of the home that is used by the entire family. This discourages the wrong use by the operator because he or she knows that others will have knowledge of all sites visited on the Internet and what files or pictures are downloaded.

2. Blocking software. A number of programs may now be purchased which prevent vulgar or sexually explicit material from appearing on the computer screen. We urge our people to protect themselves and their families by placing one or more of these programs on each computer used for Internet access.

3. Shared passwords. Unauthorized or unsupervised use of a computer by a minor or a person who is not a family member may be easily stopped by passwords. It is also possible for two people to compose the password with each knowing only a part, thus insuring that two are required to access or unlock a program or Internet site.

4. Log of visited sites. Nearly all Internet browsers include a function that records all sites a user accesses. This log may be reviewed at any time. We recommend that all users be apprised of this feature and a regular evaluation of sites visited be made.

5. Time-Consuming. The interactive nature of the Internet lures many users into spending inordinate amounts of time exploring it. Not only does it waste time, it is addictive as well. We urge our people to exercise great caution and restraint in their use of this medium.

I pray that the above guidelines will be used by all to protect your children from Internet predators. PARENTS, ITS UP TO YOU TO DO ALL YOU CAN  TO PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN!


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