Staying safe from online predators
The Internet is much more anonymous than the real world. People can hide their identities or even pretend to be someone they're not. This can sometimes present a real danger to children and teens who are online. Online predators may try to lure kids and teens into sexual conversations or even face-to-face meetings. Predators will sometimes send obscene material or request that kids send pictures of themselves. Therefore, it's important to teach your kids to be on their guard whenever they're online.
Teens are generally more at risk from predators. Because they are curious and want to be accepted, they may talk to a predator willingly, even if they know it's dangerous. Sometimes teens may believe they are in love with someone online, making them more likely to agree to a face-to-face meeting.
NetSmartz.org has lots of information on Internet safety for parents and kids. It was created by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Go to NetSmartz.org to watch a series of videos covering this topic.
Thinkuknow.co.uk is an educational website created by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. To learn more about the dangers of online predators, watch the video below.