15 Apr Predators online … are they your child’s new friend?
This information should be nothing new to a parent if they monitor their child’s social media use and are keeping up to date with internet safety information. It’s an ongoing story and one I posted back in January 2015.
However, I feel there needs to be more awareness regarding this danger online and how a child and some parents view a predatory situation.
2: Some Teens believe predators are not as internet savvy as they are, and therefore teens believe they can manage a situation if they encounter one.
> Teens venturing to pornographic or non credible websites – clicking on links can activate malware or spyware to your device, this can lead to identity theft, hacks or blackmail.
> Teens talking in anonymous forums – this can be risky as teens connect with new friends yet don’t validate the identity of the person.
> Teens desperate to talk to anyone and publicly request new friends – this action in particular is a goldmine for predators, because they can tell immediately they have a teen who is displaying signs of vulnerability, loneliness and/or emotional neediness.
So who are you currently chatting with online?
If you are currently in a position where a person is asking you to do something that is making you uncomfortable.. please speak up or reach out for Help. No matter how old you are!
If you dont speak up – law enforcement dont know this person is causing distress to people.