Here in our blog Staying Safe from Online Predators we talk a lot about strangers in the Internet and all issues caused by them. But what if you think that your child communicates with friends only so everything is fine? Unfortunately, this statement is far from truth. According to analysis of more than 2.500 actual cases of predation more than two-thirds of online victims communicated with the offenders believing that they are their friends. Moreover, many victims confirmed that they were in love or felt close with their offenders. Usually the youngster communicates online for more than a month with his or her ‘friend’ and as a result, the online predator wins trust of his victim. But how to find out whether your child befriended an abuser?
We offer you some warning signs:
- Your child turns off the PC when you walk into the room
- Your child receives strange phone calls, emails, packages
- He or she becomes addicted to the Internet and spends all time in it
- Usually such online “friends” teach children to hide their conversation, so you may not see it
- Your child is vulnerable if he or she is from an incomplete family and you don’t spend much time with your child
Often parents don’t control the online activity of their children – it is the same thing as to leave them on streets alone. Try to use parental control applications to monitor the activity of your kids, especially in the social media. For example, Pumpic gives a possibility to look through any messages: SMS, e-mails, the IM chats and the social media communication. With Pumpic fraud is not scary anymore because you have a tool to struggle with it. Or you may try Qustodio, the app that controls and blocks the online and social network activities.