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Illegal Activity

The Internet makes everything more accessible - legal and otherwise. If you're determined enough, you can use the Internet to find everything from illegal drugs to stolen credit card numbers to step-by-step bomb-making instructions. (Not to mention all sorts of lawful "free speech" content you don't want your child involved with, from Nazi hate speech to instructions for becoming a better anorexic!)

Unauthorized prescription drugs, in particular, have become a major problem recently (as you've probably noticed when sorting through all the junk email you receive). According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), the number of Internet sites offering Schedules II through V controlled prescription drugs increased by 70%; many of these sites require no prescription at all, or will accept easily-faked fax prescriptions.

Again, your best defense against illegal behavior on the Internet starts with candid discussions and an open relationship with your child. Yes, we know that's sometimes easier said than done!

Know where your child is going on the Internet. (As we've said elsewhere, it helps to keep the family computer in a "public" spot, and look over your child's shoulder once in awhile, whether they like it or not.) And, of course, establish the upfront rule that the Internet is never to be used for illegal or dangerous purposes that could put the entire family at risk.

When communication isn't enough...

When open communication is not enough, we suggest these steps:
  • Always read your credit card bill carefully before you pay it, identify any charges you may not recognize.
  • If your child receives packages, make sure you know what's in them, and how they were paid for.
  • Consider the use of filtering software. For example, Net Nanny lets you prevent your child from accessing sites in nine main categories, including Drugs/Alcohol, Hate/Violence, and Illegal Activities. Net Nanny is flexible enough to complement your parenting style. For example, you can give your teenagers an override password: Net Nanny will then allow them to visit a site it has blocked, but will record that site and notify you. Or you can let NetNanny work quietly, simply displaying an error message whenever your child tries to access a site that's off-limits. Software's no substitute for adult supervision and trust, but it may be able to complement your other best efforts as a parent.


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