By: Halley Dellemann
Why it's important...
5 important facts for you to know...
- Online predators usually communicate with younger children. About 6,000 cases of online sexual predators have been reported.
- Online predator signs include:
- Alienation from friends and family
- Unusual gifts such as cameras and web-cameras
- Threats or demands for secrecy
- Other statistics:
-30% of teen girls who used the Internet frequently had been sexually harassed while they were in a chat room.
-37% of teens (male and female) received links to explicit content online.
-30% of teens have talked about meeting someone they met online.
-19% knew a friend who was harassed online by a stranger.
-33% of teen girls and 18% of teen boys had been asked about sexual topics online.
4. Only 7% of parents in the U.S. worry about cyber-bullying
5. About 1 million children were harassed via Facebook in 2011
Dos and Don'ts
- Ask your parents before going on the internet
- Have basic social skills
- Understand the site you are using's rules
- Recognize "red flags" such as when people ask for your personal information
- Only talk to people you actually know when chatting online.
- Go online without parental permission
- Share passwords
- Pretend to be someone you are not
- Share personal information, like: names, addresses, and etc..
- Be mean