Cyber Predators your Child could be a Victim

The internet has many useful features and can make daily life a little simpler. However, like everything else in this dangerous world, it can be taken advantage of and abused. Predators are merciless and will find new ways to attract their prey without themselves being caught. What better way than being hidden behind a cyber screen? Chat rooms, blogs, and internet web pages can lure innocent children and adults into a dangerous situation. These predators are not stereotypical sleazy men who at first glance are obviously dangerous. Unfortunately these men and women are very cunning and know how to talk to their prey, how to find them, how to get them to confide and trust them, and how to lure them away from the cyber world and into their reality.
It is easy to get to know someone online and trust them because the child isn’t seeing their face and can relax. The predator takes in every piece of information and molds their fake identity into what the child is looking for. The predator can in fact, after gaining trust, lead the child away from their sanction, namely their family and real friends. Children can sometimes show signs that include over active use of the internet, private use of the internet, and perhaps pulling away from reality or the physical family and friends.
Parents should never feel that they are undereducated or without skill in protecting their children from these situations. Parents must learn the life of their child, what they like to do. In this case, learning how to use the internet and how to use blockers and programs that keep certain websites at bay. Chat rooms are in abundance, but they can be blocked from the computer. Blogs are abundant, and though not all are harmful, one shouldn’t take the risk. Websites, such as MySpace, should be kept at bay as well. These websites now have a privacy setting so that the user can only allow approved friends to view their webpage. That is a risk that each parent must discuss with their children if they want to allow their child to use such sites. Remember, however, that on these sites the child can post personal information and hackers are able to get in. This information isn’t necessarily a phone number or address, but hobbies, likes and dislikes, and what the child or their friends might be doing later one, perhaps meeting at a movie theater. Information that doesn’t seem important actually is. If parents allow and trust their children to have these websites and even have their password and can look at their friend’s list and what’s being said and added, they must also remember that the child can be contacted through the website email and that won’t always come up.
Computers should be kept in a family room, or living room, facing the room so that all can see what is being seen on the computer. This gives the child less chances to get involved in internent situations. Blockers should be used and parents should be open with their children and keep track of what they are doing, where they are, and who they’re with. A parent can’t protect their child all of the time, but they can educate their children. Many children think that chatrooms are harmless fun, but little are they experienced. There are specials, such as on Dateline, that can draw out more information on predators. It’s well worth the effort for a parent, despite how little they may know about the internet, to educate themselves and their children on the very dangerous and very real cyber predators.