Be Safe & Smart Online By Stacy Del Valle and Tabitha Gato

Technology has become a part of Many people's lives,especially children's.

ParenTs need to show their children the dangers of speaking to strangers online.

BelOw is important Information that will keep kids safe and informed while using The internet.

Important Questions & Answers

Q: What are some reasons kids turn to people online? A: Some of the reasons that kids turn to strangers online is that they are curious at nature. Another reason can be that children who are socially uncomfortable find easier to connect with people online. Kids turn to people online to seek friendships or emotional bonds, to turn to as an "escape" from reality, and for entertainment purposes.

Q: What are some sites that may children may be at risk? A: Sites that allow online chatting are risky sites. Predators also visit websites that children frequently visit in order to lure them into inappropriate conversation. Video game systems that allow chatting and video calling are also manners in which predators use to find their victims.

Q: What is the average age for victims of online predation? A: About 77% of the victims for online predators are 14 years old or older. About 22% of victims were victims ages between 10 and 13.

Q: What kinds of children do predators look for? A:Predators target boys and girls of all ages online. Predators technically look for a child who is much more technically savvy than his or her parents. They also search for children who have school or home issues. Rebellious and attention-seeking children are one of the most targeted victims.

Q: What does the predator offer? A: Online predators to gradually entice their victims through attention, kindness, and gifts. They devote their time, money and energy to make the children feel comfortable and happy. The predators sympathize with kids' problems and make them feel safe and understood.

Q: Why do kids hide this event and information from his or her parents? A: Majority of children do not tell their parents that they have been speaking to strangers online because they feel that they will not understand. Predators also threaten children to continue their relationship by convincing them that he or she will tell his or her parents about the pictures and conversations shared.

Q: What can make it easier for children to tell their parents that they are talking to an online stranger? A: Parents should be more understanding of their children. They should be quick to catch any changes or strange behaviors in their child's character. Parents should teach their kids about sexual predators and explain to them about potential online dangers. Children need to sit down with their parents and speak about what types of people they have met. They need to allow their parents to monitor conversations.

Q: How can parents know if their children are talking to strangers online? A: Parents should first familiarize themselves with chat sites, such as Omegle, Snapchat, and Instagram. They need to monitor their child's instant messaging and limit the child's usage of the Internet.

Q: What can parents teach their kids so that they don't trust online strangers? A: Parents can tell their child or children the dangers of trusting people online. Parents can show webpages, documentaries/movies, books, acting out scenarios, and speaking together on behalf of online predators. They can also run a real-life example of online predators that will teach the child not to trust people online; Such an example can be seen in the video provided.

Q: Are there any organizations or groups that can help kids who have encountered online predators? A: The NetSmartz Workshop is a program for Missing and Exploited children that teaches children and guardians how to make smart choices online and stay safe.

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