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Jan 13, 2015
Children were taught to be careful when walking to school and to never accept rides from strangers. Talking to strangers in a supermarket or at a park was dangerous. Parents taught that if their children did this, they were in danger.
Kids today still face dangers from child predators but the dangers come from different sources now. The dangers of child predators can be in your home through electronic devices. They can even be coming from your child’s bedroom.
Child predators have adopted social media as a way to exploit children. It is lower risk for child predators than picking up a child on the street or at the park. Child predators can maintain anonymity while beginning conversations with children via the internet. And children are less likely to become uncomfortable chatting with a stranger online than in person.
Because of the anonymity and the amount of child predators that have started using social media, it is difficult for the police to find child predators and protect children from them. For that reason, much of the responsibility lies with the parents to protect their children.
Just like when parents taught their children to be careful talking to strangers while walking to school, parents should also be teaching their children to be careful taking to strangers while navigating the internet. Communication with children is the most important thing parents can do to make sure their children are protected. By communicating with children, parents can warn of the dangers of child predators on the internet and find out what children are doing on the internet.
Another thing parents can do to protect their children from child predators on their social media is monitoring their child’s social media. Applications like Net Nanny Social are great ways to monitor your child’s activity on social media. Net Nanny Social can monitor your child’s social media, friend requests, messages, and other important features on sites like Facebook and Twitter.
If you suspect your child has been contacted by a child predator, parents should contact the police.