You probably have heard about bad things that happened to teens who arrange meet-ups with someone that they meet in Facebook or in other social media websites. As a parent you must be vigilant in guarding and monitoring the activities of the children or you might the kids at risk. For those that have across the term online predators only for the first time, here are some of the things that they are capable of doing to your kids.
What can online predators do?
First, they find their targets. They usually find their targets in online discussion groups, in social media and even in forums. They are also lurking in instant messaging sites and email. They usually lure young kids through gift, kindness, affection and giving them attention by just chatting to them. They are also updated in the latest trends and latest music so that they can relate to the kids. They also try to listen to the kid’s problem in the hope of creating a connection. They might even include sexual content in their conversations in the hope of luring them through sexual materials. Once they have developed trust that is the time that they invite them to have personal meet-ups. How then can you prevent online predators from targeting your kids?
Install safety settings
Various operating systems have built-in safety settings installed. Know the family safety settings and turn on this feature so that you can monitor the internet activities of your kids. You need to install anti-virus and anti-malware programs in your computer. Online predators might try to install phishing programs on your computer to stalk on your kids. Remember that prevention is always the best treatment.
Don’t allow the kids to join chat rooms
There are too many risks involved in joining the chat rooms so don’t allow them to join one. If they really insist to join, they should join only monitored chat rooms that are only exclusive to kids. However allow them to join only when they get older. For your teens that are currently joining chat rooms, advice them to join only monitored chat rooms.
Place the computer in the middle of the house
Despite the reminders, your kids might become curious and forget about your reminders. So that they won’t be tempted to access illegal websites, you can place the computer in the middle of the house where everyone can see what the kids are accessing. This is a better location rather than place the computer in their rooms.
You can allow your kids to use the computer but again you have to protect them also so they won’t become victims to online predators. The computer is a very helpful tool but there must be responsibility that goes with it. You can place browse monitoring programs or follow the tips listed above so that your kids will be protected from online predators.