Caraway and other advocates of the law describe it as a preventive measure.They say that imprisoning people who arrange over the Internet for sex with those they think are minors stops them from actually sexually abusing children.Once Caraway, Kenner's former chief of detectives, became police chief, the pace of arrests picked up.
Many parents find it helpful to write up an "Internet use contract" spelling out what sites their children are allowed to visit, how long they are allowed to stay online, and what to do if someone they're communicating with requests personal information or says so and agree on the consequences that will result if the rules are violated.
If you have further questions or concerns, we hope you will feel free to contact Focus on the Family's Counseling Department. The Family Help Center staff member who answers the phone will arrange for a licensed counselor to call you back.
It's important to explain that you're not implementing these changes out of a desire to "spy," but rather to make sure that your child is protected from harmful influences or dangerous people.
If she complains that you're "violating her privacy," make it clear that you will do your best to respect her online conversations with friends, but point out that, as a minor living under your roof, her privacy is limited.
It would also be an excellent idea to invest in Internet filtering software or sign up with a provider that blocks objectionable Web sites and allows for parental monitoring.