Children need supervision on computer

Monday, February 18, 2008

The arrest of an Iowa man recently for five counts of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl, underlines the need for parents to monitor their children's use of the computer.

Anthony McGrew, 23, of Melbourne, was charged after an investigation by the Story County sheriff's office showed he allegedly had two encounters with the girl after contacting her in late October through her MySpace.com Web page.

Authorities said McGrew corresponded with the girl on MySpace for several weeks, then met her and traveled to another location where the sex acts allegedly happened.

Computers can be wonderful tools for children but they can also pose unacceptable dangers. Parents need to limit and to supervise the use of computers by their children.

There are software programs readily available that will record all computer contacts on a child's computer.

We don't advocate that parents secretly snoop on their children's computer activities. Parents should be up front from the start that children should have no expectation of privacy in computer use. The consequences of parental ignorance can be just too terrible to accept.