As a parent of a teenager in today’s digital society it can be difficult to keep up with the ever changing Internet. It can be more challenging to keep your lines of communication open with your teen to insure their safety both online and off, however it is a priority for parents.
- More than 500,000 predators are online everyday
- Kids 12 to 15 are susceptible to being groomed and manipulated by offenders online
- FBI stats show that more than 50% of victims of online sexual exploitation are 12-15 years old
- 89 % of all sexual advances towards our children take place in internet chat rooms and through instant messaging
- In (27%) of exploitation incidents, predators asked kids for sexual photographs of themselves.
- 4% of kids get “aggressive” sexual solicitations that included attempts to contact the kids offline
What Parents Can Do:
- Self education- Learn what kids may be exposed to online – Learn what the risks are.
- Communitcating, educating, e-mentoring your kids about:
- Online risks
- Chatrooms, game site risks
- Predators and to be aware of manipulative behavior, gifts, requests for nude pictures, grooming.
- Predators don’t look scary, they look like you or I, or the person down the street.
- Teaching your child that if they get in a situation that feels uncomfortable, that they should and can always come to you and that they won’t get in trouble if they do.
- Only friend people they know on Social Networking Sites
- Never meet someone they’ve met online without talking to an adult first.
- Turn off webcam when not in use
3. E-mentor kids online especially when they have a computer in their bedroom. ScreenRetriever enables parents to monitor children’s computer activity live where ever the child’s computer is located in the home including who your child is communicating with using their webcam.
4. Set limits and ground rules about what your child is allowed to do online, sites they visit, information they post, who their friends are on social networking sites, who they are chatting with. Go over the ScreenRetriever tips before they are allowed on the computer.
5. Learn the language your kids use on the computer and cellphone, like A/S/L or GNOC.
6. When your child comes to you with a problem, be there for them, and don’t over react. Many kids don’t tell their parents when they have a problem online because they are afraid they will lose computer privileges.
7. Start e-mentoring early when kids go on the computer so that your family values and rules are ingrained early.
One child caught in the manipulative trap of a predator is one too many. This can be prevented when parents “parent online” and “e-mentor”.
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