Did you know? – Some scary statistics about the dangers online:
- There is estimated to be over 5,000,000 predators that surf the internet.
- One in five kids have been sexually solicited online.
- 75% of youth who received an online sexual solicitation did not tell a parent.
- 64% of the teens surveyed admitted they did things online that they would not want their parents to know about.
uKnowKids.com provides the following tips on online predators for parents:
- Know who you are talking to: Children are curious and naïve and don’t understand that everyone doesn’t have their best interests at heart. They need to be aware that there are people out there who may want to harm them. Kids shouldn’t add friends on their social media sites if they haven’t met them in person and if their parents don’t know who they are.
- Personal information: Just because someone asks for it doesn’t mean you have to give it. You don’t know why the person wants your personal information and more importantly don’t know what they want to do with it.
- Privacy: All social media accounts should be set to private where only friends can view profiles and information. If it’s not private you allow predators and unwanted visitors knowing information about your child.
- Talk to your children: Make you sure you discuss the protocol of what to do in case they are approached by someone they don’t know online. Make it easy for them to be able to tell you what’s going on in their digital world.
- Use a Parental Intelligence System: It is the parent’s job to keep their child safe and the only way to do that is to monitor their phone calls, text messages, and social media sites. It’s important to stop any situation before it becomes a catastrophe.
Read more at http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2012/08/13/child-safety-company-uknowcom-releases-%E2%80%9Conline-predators%E2%80%9D-infographic#PZalKYjHulYlGkF3.99