An offender virtual who is interested in obtaining images intimate of a child, often don’t need more than 2 minutes to earn their trust and ask them to send photos or personal videos.
This conclusion was the result of the study, the European Online Grooming Project. Subsequently to that, it happens a schema is quite common: the child is subjected to blackmail to get money or images new, even more explicit sexual content (sexting). How you are going to develop everything that happens, depends only on the level of preparedness existing in the child to learn to face such situations.
Given that this type of crime is multiplied substantially, the Council of Europe drew up a memorandum for parents on how to instill to the child the rules for a good use of the Internet and also told what to do if, even so, the child falls prisoner of a trap on the part of these intruders virtual.
In Great.guru we are convinced that all of the parents who take care of their children should become familiar with these recommendations to protect children from this type of threats and, therefore, to make the Internet a place more pure and more safe.
Children 9 to 12 years
Just at this age, many children become active users of the Internet. Various studies indicate that prohibit the use of devices as a method of parental control is not leading to a reduction in the time that the child spends in the network: there are always smart phones of friends, computers in the school, and other possibilities to bypass this filter.
In reality, parents can only do one thing: study the content that your children are interested in and have an idea of who and what you are talking about your child on the Internet.
Parents should also make sure that your child knows:
- that it is forbidden to pass any personal information to any person through the network and
- how to block those unwanted.
Explain to your child that everything you send over the Internet away from her control forever.
And also, try to make sure your child goes to you if something happens on the Internet.
Adolescents 13 to 17 years
A recent study showed that one in three british adolescents surveyed sent their pictures and videos “provocative” on the Internet. Some did this to get attention (28 per cent) and around 14 per cent did forced under pressure.
With children of that age, more than half of the success depends on the trust that is built between parents and children. Try talking as much as possible with your child about everything, including about what is happening in their virtual life.
In addition, make sure to pay attention to:
- the changes in the state of mind of the child once they are away from the computer and
- the behavior of the teenager when you enter the room (if you close quickly the tabs or shut down the computer).
Be sure to explain to the teenager what is meant by the phenomenon “pornovenganza”, that is to say, the distribution of intimate photos on the network with the sole purpose of humiliating a person. Pay special attention to that you should not make intimate photos of his person or of others, and if these images were obtained by any known, should ask you to delete all of the devices.
If you understand that you can’t deal with the situation, looking for help or advice to other parents, teachers or a psychologist.
If the child has become the victim of an offender on the Internet
Remember that the “digital education”, whether we like it or not, it has been converted from a long time ago in an important part that parents have to instill in their children. Leaving the children alone with the computer, you have to be sure that you do not take lightly to strangers and virtual avoid at all times to consider them as persons of trust.
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