As children continue to find new ways to connect with each other on all different types of apps and websites, it is increasingly important and in the best interest of the parent and child to help educate themselves to make wiser and safer choices about who they talk to when online. They need to know that they don’t need to share any personal information with anyone they talk to, especially with an increase of groomers online with almost 100,000 groomers online every day.
I understand that all teenagers use social media and apps to stay in touch with friends but these days it seems to be all about who can be the most popular, with who has the best pictures and who has the most followers. Here are some things that you can do to keep yourself safer online:
These are the things that online groomers will do to groom you. They will lie to you until they have gained your trust. Almost all children don’t even realize they are being groomed, so if you see any of these signs tell someone immediately.
Gaming online is fun for children as they get to play their favorite games with friends in the comfort of their own home. There are a lot of risks to online gaming as well as just grooming. Children love to play online with friends and with strangers, with thousands of children playing online every day. They need to make sure the games that they are playing are suitable for their age.
Groomers online, through gaming, will use many different ways and techniques to gain a child’s trust. Children and teenagers need to be aware of these techniques, so they can spot the dangers immediately and report them.
Don’t feel pressured to do any of these things, just because they have helped you with your game or made you feel better about personal problems in your life you don’t have to do anything in return. If you feel uncomfortable about anything just say no. You can also tell your parents or your older brother or sister for advice if you think anyone is behaving differently towards you online. Whenever someone asks for a picture of you, whether inappropriate or a general picture or if they have asked to meet up, these are the signs that you need to stop talking to that person and report it to your parents straight away.