Cyber Predators - Tips for Kids and Parents

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Cyber Predators - Tips for Kids and Parents

16% of teens considered meeting someone they've only talked to online.80% of people have actually met someone they only knew online

A cyber or online predator is a person that uses social networking sites, chat rooms, email, instant messaging, blogs or other websites to find kids. They trick the kids into thinking they care about them and seduce them by giving them attention, gifts and kindness. They’re the people that always know the latest things that are likely to interest kids, like music, etc. They often pretend to be a kid and draw kids into conversations with them.They often listen and sympathize with the kids and their problems, building trust.They target kids for exploitation in sexual and other ways. They do this by gradually introducing sexual topics into conversations or even by showing them sexually explicit material. Often times, they’re working toward meeting the kid in the future face-to-face.

Tips for parents

Cyber Predators

1.) Never go into chat rooms without a monitor. Never leave the chartroom’s public area!2.) Don’t open or respond to E-mails or anything that makes you feel weird or uncomfortable.3.) Never respond to instant messages or emails from strangers!4.) Do not post personal information about yourself online, and never meet someone face-to-face you have met online.5.) Don’t download images from an unknown source!6.) Choose a screen name the doesn’t indicate your age or whether you’re a boy or a girl7.) If someone starts asking questions that are too personal or starts to talk in a sexually suggestive way, stop communication immediately!8.) Block, ignore, or leave!9.) Tell a trusted adult!

Tips for Kids

What to do if your child is victimized • Make it clear that the victimization is not his or her fault. • Save all evidence of victimization, such as e-mails or instant message conversations. • Contact your local law-enforcement agency. • Make a report to the CyberTipline® at or 1-800-THE-LOST® and include all information available.

Signs an online predator may be connecting with your child • Your child becomes withdrawn and isolated from family and friends. • You find inappropriate material on the computer. • Your child receives mail, money, or gifts from unknown people. • You see unknown phone numbers when reviewing the phone bill.

Basic Cyber Safety• Keep the computer in a high-traffic area of your home. • Establish limits for which online sites children may visit and for how long.• Remember that Internet technology can be mobile, so make sure to monitor cell phones, gaming devices, and laptops. • Surf the Internet with your children and let them show you what they like to do online.• Know who is connecting with your children online and set rules for social networking, instant messaging, e-mailing, online gaming, and using webcams.• Continually dialogue with your children about online safety. o Discuss responsible online behavior. o Establish rules for who’s okay to talk to. oSet boundaries for what topics are okay to discuss•Make sure your child feels safe telling a trusted adult.

Here are some links to sites with more information

http://www.commonsensemedia.orgAll encompassing media website that addresses many forms of media including video games, movies and apps. There are also places for parents and educators to help children learn about digital citizenship. There are free lesson plans and media that accompany them. designed for all ages of children and their parents with interactive media, videos, tip sheets and more to help kids stay safe.

Safe SideGeneral safety site that contains free print outs and tips to remain safe in the real world and online. Works closely with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and Products available to teach safety at home or in the classroom.


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