Internet At Risk Behavior, such as: SEXting, Pornography, Dangerous Drugs, etc…are still running rampant Part II

by KidsSafe on October 2, 2012

Internet, At Risk Behavior Part I | Part II

Suppose your child Googled the term “Choking Game what would they find: About 2,720,000 results “because he or she overheard it being mentioned in conversation. Researching the word or phrase, he or she discovers it is something practiced among the better students, who are not into drugs or alcohol because those are illegal. In addition, they read they do it because it is a legal high or rush, which they will not have to break any laws. Too often children are found who have hung themselves and it is ruled a suicide, when in actuality it is the choking game gone fatal.

Never assume because your child is computer savvy he or she knows or understand how to be safe on the Internet. How could they? Allowing your child to access the Internet without some understanding of what to expect and what is expected of them, is not only risky, but also irresponsible. Social network sites are too easy for children to divulge too much information. If your child is fortunate enough to avoid the predators and pedophiles hunting for their next victim who has posted too much personal information, they also have to avoid the identity thief.

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Identity theft is not only the fastest growing crime in the United States, but also the United Kingdom, and it is occurring for many reasons. Its growth has been fueled by the ease of obtaining personal identifiable information. Children are easily deceived and willing to share too much information. Unless your child has been instructed in the proper etiquette of how to conduct themselves on social network sites, they should not be permitted to join until they are instructed in safe practices on such sites.

Your greatest defense for your children is your communication with them. Sustaining an open dialog with your child and allowing him or her access to the Internet until you feel they are familiar with what to do when encountering an uncomfortable situation. If nothing more than sharing it with you if they find themselves in that situation; sooner than later.

Protect your family, and especially your teens from themselves!

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