Nancy McBride: My name is Nancy McBride. I work for the National Center for Missing and Exploited children, and today we are going to talking about the internet, some of the potential risks and dangers and what parents and guardians can do to help safeguard their kids online, and some tips for the kids themselves to know what to do, if they are approached online or if anything bothers them while they are online.
Before we get started, I want you to just take a couple of minutes to think about some of things you were taught as a child yourself about staying safer. The internet may not have even been included in those messages, because this is relatively new phenomenon. So, I know there are many parents and guardians out there, who may feel overwhelmed, may not be as adept on the computer as their kids are. So, we want to make sure that these tools and tips are useful for you, help you get up to speed, so you can make sure your kids are having a positive online experience.
I have been with the National Center since 1990 and I have been in this field for 20 years. I have written a number of articles and publications on this subject, and it's very important at this point that we talk about the internet and how we can keep kids safer online. So, let s gets started on that.