New apps are constantly being created, so it’s important to monitor what your child downloads.
Being aware of the online tricks predators use will help you know what to look for.
Talk to your kids about the importance of these settings, and your expectations for who should be allowed to view their profile.Set high privacy preferences on your kids' chat and video chat accounts, as well.In 2013, a twelve-year-old girl was lured away from her home by a 21 year-old-man.Once they met, he took her to a motel and took advantage of her.Employers, college admissions officers, coaches, teachers, and the police may view your child's posts.
Even if you delete the information from a site, you have little control over older versions that may exist on other people's computers and may circulate online.
In fact, researchers have found that predators usually don't pose as children or teens, and most teens who are contacted by adults they don't know find it creepy. You teach your kids to be polite offline; talk to them about being courteous online as well.
Texting may seem fast and impersonal, yet courtesies like "pls" and "ty" (for ) are common text terms.
Applying real-world judgment can help minimize those risks.
The words kids write and the images they post have consequences offline.
Information like their Social Security number, street address, phone number, and family financial information — say, bank account or credit card numbers — is private and should stay that way.