Instagram: Scoping Out Whether Predators Are Looking In

Posted by Tim Woda

January 13, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Deciding whether your child is ready for Instagram has to be determined on how much knowledge you give them in navigating Instagram's security. When someone posts pictures on Instagram, security features are there, but they can be misleading in how many ways a predator can work around them. Take a look at some of the methods predators can use to look in on your child's photos and how you may have to take individual action to make sure this doesn't happen.

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Topics: Parental Intelligence, instagram, predators, Instagram privacy, online predators on Instagram

Is it Safe For My Teen? Monitoring Twitter Will Make it Safer

Posted by Steven Woda

June 24, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Twitter, which was founded in 2006, began as a text messaging service for people to connect within a small group.  A tweet, a message consisting of up to 140 characters, is what Twitter is made up of. Photos and videos can be included within your message.

The use of hashtags on Twitter is a way people link to a certain topic. Twitter publishes trending topics on the site throughout the day. 

The information you put out there is done so in real-time. The information is shared instantly.

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Topics: digital parenting, Parental Intelligence, twitter safety, twitter, predators

Online Predators -- Are They Still a Threat?

Posted by Tim Woda

February 26, 2013 at 2:45 PM

A few years ago there was an extremely disturbing reality TV show called “To Catch A Predator.” The show was all about luring and then capturing men, who thought that they were meeting underage children for the purpose of sex. The show was taken off the air in 2008, but sent a chilling message to parents.  The sexual predator has evolved and is no longer wandering around playgrounds with a bag of candy.  They have become highly sophisticated internet experts, hanging-out online and infiltrating the sites where your children go.  But is the online predator a threat?


  • A recent survey that was carried out about internet predators, and asked over 1000 children aged between 10 and 17 concluded that:

  • A figure of one in thirty three children had been asked to meet someone secretly.

  • Just under a quarter of all child targets were aged 10 to 13.

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Topics: Parental Intelligence, facebook predators, online predators, predators, are online predators still a threat

Warning Signs of Grooming by an Internet Predator

Posted by Tim Woda

November 8, 2010 at 3:14 PM

internet predatorMost people your child meets on the Internet will be harmless, but there’s still danger in making friends online. Child predators use the Internet to meet children and form relationships with them, the end result of which is to molest or abuse them in the future. This process is known as “grooming,” and it’s vital that you recognize grooming while it’s happening, so you can stop it before it goes too far.

Predators groom children by lending a listening ear, making them feel special, treating them “like a grown up,” introducing sexual speech or pornography to make such acts seem more acceptable, encouraging secrets, and introducing them to other adult behaviors like drinking and doing drugs.

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Topics: Parental Intelligence, online predators, predators, child predators, internet predator