Children spend a great deal of their time online which is why parents need to be vigilant regarding their activities on the internet. Through two way communication and positive parenting techniques, mishaps online can be prevented. However what would happen if your child does fall into such a trap?
When considering whether parents or children are more tech savvy in a household, the answer is that it is usually the children who know more about the internet which tends to give them an edge. Due to this, parents should have the same amount of knowledge as their child if they cannot have a greater amount of knowledge. There is also the possibility of children getting around the various parental control software’s and doing as they please on the internet.
One of the best ways through which you can avoid strangers online and on social media is to ignore them if they send friend requests. Strangers tend to send kids friend requests for deceitful reasons and it is unlikely that their intentions are good. Thus, children should be taught not to talk to unknown people and to not add strangers and share any personal information with them.
Trolling has become an epidemic and has grown from the desire of people, especially teenagers to make use of the internet and to feed off of the lack of intelligence and the embarrassment of their victims. Unlike how stalking and cyber bullying’s consequences have been stated time and again, the damage to a teens emotional and psychological development due to trolling has been understated largely.
With increasing laws being enforced in the physical world with respect to child sex offenders; these individuals have begun to take their activities online to trap children. This is referred to as online grooming legally. With the cyber world allowing individuals to remain anonymous, children’s trust can be gained easily and intimacy may be developed.
There is a heated debate which has constantly been taking place over whether or not spying on your child is something which is acceptable or whether it is considered to be an invasion of their privacy.