Predators prey where children play.
We are their first line of defense
Social media is not always safe. In fact, it has become one of the easiest ways for predators and pedophiles to access children’s private lives.
Games and apps rated for young audiences are often used as by predators to initiate conversations and relationships through fraudulent profiles. Chatrooms, messaging apps and online play is all being infiltrated.
You CAN do something to protect your child. Stay involved.
- Monitor younger children’s online activities
- Use parental controls on devices
- Most apps and games also have additional layers of parental controls
- No unsupervised chatrooms for younger children – predators disguise themselves as peers
- Know who your children are interacting with online
- KNOW YOUR CHILD’S USERNAMES AND PASSWORDS
- Older children should build trust to earn privacy.
- Educate and empower them to self-protect online
- Do not assume children will not use devices outside the home.
- Educate them even if you have a no-device policy.
- Do not think that no device = no usage. They will find somewhere to play online.
- Discuss ‘house rules’ with other parents when your child visits their friends houses.