Your teen comes home from school and goes up to her bedroom, closes the door and goes online. The good news is that your child actually becoming the victim of an online predator is unlikely. One of the biggest fears that parents have when kids go online is online predators, especially since so many kids have computers and mobile devices in their bedrooms with webcams.The bad news is that according to FBI, “online predators are everywhere online”, and are working hard to engage children online.
They look like you or me or anyone down the street.
They are “mostly male, although we are seeing an alarming trend of female predators. A professional, upstanding member in the community but leading a deviant lifestyle through the Internet.” Parents need to pay attention to their children’s online activity and take preventative measures to protect their children from online predators.
No one wants their child to be that victim that we read about in the news all too frequently.
Chatrooms are a predators dream come true and are the predominant online location where predators meet kids.
Sites like Omegle that invite kids to talk to strangers are a parents nightmare.
Teaching your child not to talk to strangers is one of the first lessons in life that a parent gives their child. Kids are naturally curious and many kids visit them thinking it’s no big deal. They are disturbing and ripe with nudity and explicit disgusting sexual behavior in addition to being havens for predators.
Many gaming sites also have chatroom capabilities leaving a child vulnerable to potential exploitation. “There are ways to turn the webcam on without you knowing you’re being watched,” said an FBI Special Agent.
Predators can also find kids on Facebook and other social networking sites.
They often create a fake identity online and may pose as a teenager, the child never the wiser.