Should I Worry About My Teen’s Online Friends?
Predators are wolves in sheep's clothing.Not all of the predators who are trying to persuade adolescents to them use explicit language or graphic verbiage. In fact, a predator is merely trying to bond with them and will go to any lengths to do so. Instruct teens to not give information about where they live, what time their parents are at work, or what school they go to. Predators are savvy in piecing information together to get what they want.
Predators are all ages.Some predators will pretend to be kids and others will be the age that they are. Historically, the predators who pretend to be kids seem to go from a quick “hi” series of statements straight into full on cyber sexual abuse. The adult predators have been shown to attempt to turn the adolescent against their parents by claiming “they are the only one who understands what they are going through.” While not all friends are bad necessarily, taking the time to see who a teen is gaming with can help reduce the chance of misjudging a possible dangerous situation. Being proactive for them with parental controls can help to use gaming for what it is meant for - virtual fun.
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