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Protect Your Teens From These 3 Digital Dangers

December 19, 2014 at 2:44 PM

mom and daughterAll good parents have a parental instinct to protect their children. This instinct no longer extends only to the real world, but to the online world as well. Mobile and Internet child safety has become as important if not more important than typical safety measures. Here are a few common Internet safety dangers that parents and teens should approach with caution.

1. Chat Rooms 

One of the areas where children can be targeted is on chat rooms. The ability to remain anonymous makes these rooms a prime area to attack for predators. This is not to say that everyone who uses a chat room is a predatory, but it does mean that this is one area where they are often attracted.

Children need to be taught to leave a conversation whenever they feel uncomfortable or that something inappropriate has happened. They should block the individual who has made inappropriate comments towards them and should report that profile as well.

2. Online shopping

Children are not going to face the same risks with online shopping as they do with social media or chat rooms. Instead, the biggest risk here is the loss of financial information such as credit card numbers and the like. Children need to be made aware of the dangers that present themselves when trying to make a purchase online.  

3. Social Media: Age Requirements and Oversharing

Most children are going to want to set up social media profiles of some kind. Though the age requirement on most of these sites is 13, this age limit is not enforced by the sites themselves. Parents must decide what they will do in terms of allowing their children to use social media. It is important to let children understand what they should and should not share on social media, as oversharing can lead to a number of dangerous situations.

Good To Post:

  • Updates about life

  • Pictures from your day 

Not Good To Post: 

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Tim Woda

Posted by Tim Woda

Tim Woda is an Internet safety expert, and a passionate advocate for empowering families and protecting children from today’s scariest digital dangers. Woda was on the founding team of buySAFE, an Internet trust and safety company, and he started working on child safety issues after his son was targeted by a child predator online. While his son was unharmed, the incident led Woda to kick-start uKnow.com. You can follow Tim on Twitter or on his blog.

Topics: social media, Parental Intelligence, Facebook, Internet Safety, oversharing, online predators, child predator methods, Privacy & Reputation, underage users

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