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CEO of ContentWatch—makers of Net Nanny
Oct 23, 2013
Social Media Monitoring,
Over 1,000 criminal offenses were linked to Facebook last year, according to a recent report. (Source) And that’s just the crimes that were reported. One statistic says that fewer than 1 in 5 cyberbullying incidents are reported to law enforcement. (Source) That means that there could be as much as five times more crime on Facebook than is being reported.
Did you know?
There are numerous examples of criminals conducting crime on Facebook, some of it by professional criminals, and some of it by naïve teens who haven’t thought about the consequences. It’s easier to find victims or get away with a crime when you’re hiding behind a screen.
What are these criminals up to?
When asked about the danger of criminals on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook founder, stated, “There is no place for harassment on Facebook but, unfortunately, a small minority of malicious individuals exist online, just as they do offline.” (Source)
Unfortunately, that is true. There will always be people who take advantage of good things for their own selfish purposes. It’s practically impossible to find these criminals, even on Facebook, because they often use false identities.
Actions to Take
Knowing about your child’s online activity and creating an open dialogue are great places to start. But, you have to take action.
To protect your child from criminals on social networks, including Facebook, consider using parental monitoring software such as Net Nanny Social. This software allows a parent to monitor a child’s friends, pics, and comments on social networks, and alerts to dangers they may not otherwise be aware of.