Unfortunately, this can be a recipe for disaster as predators wait for these vulnerable kids.
No one wants their child to be that victim that we read about in the news all too frequently.
Chatrooms are predators' dream come true and are the predominant online location where predators meet kids.
Many kids don't tell their parents when they have a problem online because they are afraid they will lose computer privileges. Start e-mentoring early when kids go on the computer so that your family values and rules are ingrained early.
One child caught in the manipulative trap of a predator is one too many.
Screen Retriever enables parents to monitor children's computer activity live where ever the child's computer is located in the home including who your child is communicating with using their webcam. Set limits and ground rules about what your child is allowed to do online, sites they visit, information they post, who their friends are on social networking sites, who they are chatting with.
Go over the Screen Retriever tips before they are allowed on the computer. Learn the language your kids use on the computer and cellphone, like A/S/L or GNOC. When your child comes to you with a problem, be there for them, and don't over react.Many gaming sites also have chatroom capabilities leaving a child vulnerable to potential exploitation. "There are ways to turn the webcam on without you knowing you're being watched," said an FBI Special Agent.Predators can also find kids on Facebook and other social networking sites.A little less than half (43 percent) of teenagers who first met someone online later met them in real life.You Tube and other video sites where kids post videos about themselves is another vehicle for predators to find children.Your teen comes home from school and goes up to his/her bedroom, closes the door and goes online. The good news is that your child actually becoming the victim of an online predator is unlikely. One of the biggest fears that parents have when kids go online is online predators, especially since more than 40 percent of kids have computers in their bedrooms with webcams.They look like you or me or anyone down the street.They are "mostly male, although we are seeing an alarming trend of female predators. A professional, upstanding in the community but leading a deviant lifestyle through the Internet." Parents need to pay attention to their children's online activity and take preventative measures to protect their children from online predators.By that time an emotional connection has been made." After a nude picture is sent by the child, sometimes sextortion occurs, extortion using sexual images. He then threatened her if she didn't send more naked pictures. The 28-year-old man from El Salvador was planning on picking up this girl from school that afternoon.This recently happened to a Massachusetts 13-year-old who thought she was communicating with a teenager. The man had sent her the cellphone; her mom didn't know she had one. In both situations, these predators found their victim on Facebook. E-mentor kids online especially when they have a computer in their bedroom.