Parents, this isn’t your Internet anymore. What you
enjoyed in the 80’s has become a potential detriment to
your child’s well-being.
Some of these Internet traps you may be aware of—others
are so much more destructive now than when you were a
Cyber-bullying: With very few exceptions, most teens
have experienced the attack by a classmate who tries to
feel better about themselves by attacking others. Whether
through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, your child is a
potential target of this harmful aggression. Some kids don’t
won’t to admit they are being targeted. So, ask!
“Today, the internet opens the door for trusting young
people to interact with virtual strangers.”
Unless you have specifically forbidden your child to
communicate online with a stranger, it can happen. How?
Predators are skillful when it comes to preying on a child’s
Ego. They start by complimenting your child on a FB
post or an Instagram photo. When they get a response,
the door is open…and it can lead to disaster!
Pornography: Of course the Internet contained pornography
when you were a teenager—but now, up to 60% of all Internet
content is pornographic! It can pop-up when your child is
Googling something innocent. Or, their very curiosity will lead
Them to viewing disturbing sexual scenes. You MUST talk to
them and warn them of the psychological damage that can
Gambling: Think it won’t happen to you? These gambling
Sites are remiss in policing who joins them. All it takes
Is a credit or debit card for your child to be exposed to the
perils of gambling.
Kids convene on these sites to chat, IM, post pictures, and blog (journal). They appeal to teens because they provide instant community, instant celebrity, and encompass so many of the online tools and entertainment activities that teens know and love.
Teens use these pages as a place to feature everything in their heads and hearts that they want people to know about. The central feature of these sites is the ability to connect with people and share information.
Many teens post pictures, videos or notes online that they later regret.
Next week, MOTHERS4DECENCY will show you what you need to know and what you can do to counteract this every-growing problem!