The Internet can be a dangerous place for children. Your children may be exposed to lots of online risks such as cyberbullying, child predators, online scams and so on. In order to keep your children safe online and avoid the negative effects of the Internet, you need to learn and understand the following online risks with your children.
Cyberbullying is the use of digital communication tools to make someone angry, sad or scared. The damage caused by cyberbullying through social media is as serious as other forms of bullying.
Online sexual predators
Online sexual predators are individuals who sexually exploit children over the Internet. They will try to introduce sexual behaviors, showing them pornography, and asking for sexually explicit information and pictures. In fact, they often use promises of love and romance to induce children to meet and commit sexual abuse.
Online scam is a type of fraud or deception that makes use of the Internet. Scams can happen via phishing emails, social media, SMS messages on mobile phones. The scammer will steal sensitive information such as passwords, credit card numbers, addresses, and more.
Children without security concern may post their personal information online. The private information is likely to be exploited by malicious people online. Personal information that needs to be kept private includes home address, phone number, ID number, etc. Sharing too much private information may expose your children to online dangers.
How to Talk to Your Kids about Online Risks?
- Search for “common online risks” and learn how to cope with them.
- Show your children news/stories about online risks.
- Discuss the bad consequences of the online risks.