Percent of online sex offenders who used the victim’s social media profile to gain information.
(Jrnl. Adolescent Health).
In the quiet of their bedrooms, teenagers and broadcasting their lives through apps like Oovoo and YouNow, and are sharing personal information with complete strangers through apps like Omegle, Kik, and Whisper.
Have you talked to your kids about privacy? Kids tend to overshare information, because social media encourages us to share everything. And, if they’re a tween or young teen, then they will overshare in order to gain acceptance in their digital world. Parents must create rules for what kind of information can and can’t be shared.
In our experience, darkness and temptation rule the Internet at night. If you’re a tween or teen, there isn’t much good that happens after around 10pm on the internet. Some basic steps for protecting your kids at night include:
In February 2015, WOOD TV8 in Grand Rapids, MI did a week-long segment called “Download Danger.” This video shows how easy it is for predators to access unsuspecting teens through the texting app Kik.
Parents must have proactive conversations about guarding privacy and personal information. In their quest for acceptance, tweens and teens will naturally overshare personal information in order to gain acceptance unless they’ve been told of the dangers related to predators. How young is too young to talk to children about online predators? If a child has access to any kind of electronic device, including an iPod, Kindle, Play Station, etc, then they need to be told about adults who might want to do them harm.
Here is a link to the National Sex Offender Registry. Parents should know who might live close-by.