Predators

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ONLINE PREDATORS

 

/ɒnˈlʌɪn/ˈprɛdətə/

A sexual predator that uses chat rooms, instant messaging, or social networking sites for the purpose of flirting with and meeting others for illicit sexual experiences.

Far too often, we see the faces in the news – evil people committing vile crimes on our community’s most vulnerable.

Predatory behaviour has been around for a long-time and society has many different ways of dealing with perpetrators once they’re caught.  Unfortunately, however, the victim has already been violated and has a lifetime to deal with the fallout. The damage is done.

Now, with the advances in technology, it is possible for offenders to sneak into your home, via your child’s computer, and either lure them into a physical attack or prey on them over the internet.

Children having increasingly more unsupervised time online, they’re exposed to the dangers of online predators every time they log on.  The majority of sex crimes that originated online began in chat rooms.

65%

65% of online sex offenders used the victim’s social networking site to gain home and school information

Online predators pose as children to gain the trust of young people, targeting games aimed at the age groups of their preferred victims.  It’s a horrific thought that the online ‘friends’ child is interacting with could in fact be adults, luring your son or daughter into a sexual encounter.  The average teen has over 425 Facebook “friends”.

38%

38% of children between 13 and 18 have received a sexually explicit message whilst online

How do you know if your child has received a sexually inappropriate message or content?

How would you react?

How do you protect your child from predators?

There are signs to look out for.  If your child is spending more time online, being more secretive or receives phone calls/texts or mail from people you don’t know (particularly if they live far away) it might be time to have a chat.  Online predators gradually lure their victims in, sometimes over a period of years, so it might be so subtle that you don’t notice it.  They’ll work hard to earn your child’s trust and friendship, taking the time to learn the modern fads and your child’s personal likes and dislikes – even sympathising with them about how difficult it is to be a teenager. Sometimes it could turn into intimidation, as the offender threatens to tell the victim’s parents, or show them suggestive or explicit pictures the victim might have been persuaded to send.

55%

56% of kids sexually solicited online were asked to send a picture. 27% of these were of a sexual nature

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and it couldn’t be truer when dealing with such an important and potentially dangerous issue.  Knowing who your child is talking to, what sites they’re visiting, online groups they have joined and what’s being said is crucial.  But you can’t be there every minute of the day, and no child wants their parent intruding on their social life by peering over their shoulder.

Software is the key; with monitoring programs, your child’s online activity is unobtrusively observed and the moment they interact with a stranger or send or receive sexual, and/or inappropriate content, you will be notified.  Your children are safe, without losing their independence and they can enjoy their social media existence without fear of being preyed upon.

SafeKidsPro is a solution that has been designed to keep kids safe on Social Media.  It detects and will alert you to interactions with strangers, potential predatory behaviour, sexual messages that are sent or received and images that are shared.

It will also alert you to any cyber-bullying, threatening, sexual, swearing, photos and/or images that are sent or received, and offensive content that it detects on your children’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

SafeKidsPro is a cloud based software that can monitor up to 8 of your child/rens’ social media accounts no matter whether they access them from your whether at home, outside, from a PC, laptop or mobile.

Social Media Dangers

25% of Facebook users are under the age of 10


The average teen has 425 Facebook “friends”


55% of kids have shared personal information with strangers e.g. photos & personal descriptions


24% of kids have had private/embarrassing info made public

Social Media Dangers

38% of 13-18 year olds have received a sexually explicit message


39% admit sharing intimate images


40% do not see anything wrong with sending topless images


56% are not aware of instances where images and videos were distributed further than the intended recipient


Teenagers have been convicted as sex offenders for sending/sharing sexually explicit messages