We are now totally installed in the 21st century and there is no way back when it comes to getting the Internet being an integral part of our lives. Perhaps there are still many people who have not yet assimilated this fact, but parents know that they could not close their doors to the digital world because their kids need to get online to do their homework. However, there are dangerous things teens are doing online that you should know to protect them from a fatal affliction.
Socializing Online Can be Dangerous
Most teens are actually engaged with social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and many more that encourage them to share with people a piece of their mind, but also what they are doing and with whom. Disclosing personal information is a serious problem that could put not just put your teens at risk but the whole family. So with that said, talk to them to explain what kind of information is not risky to share, and why they must refrain from providing detailed information on their activities, even if they only share them with true friends, but that could disclose this information with other questionable people.
Taking a Peak into Gambling Sites
Although online gambling is practically void in the USA, there are virtual casino sites that allow anyone to join no matter where in the world people live. Online Bingo sites seems to be the most appealing for teenagers and it is easy for them lie about their age and other personal information that might be requested to play. In this case, you are the one running the bigger risk because a teenager may find it easy to use your credit card to bet on your behalf.
Chatting with Strangers
We have to accept that there is always a risk meeting new people regardless the age of the participants and the medium they use, including meeting personally. Chat is no different nor has it been since it was made available to people almost at the same time that the Internet became a service that anyone could access. However, today the popularity of chat roulette sites seems to be truly appealing for your teen kids that may find unscrupulous people there simply wanting to record with their webcam with awful purposes in mind.
The Sempiternal Pornography Call
This problem is not exclusive of the World Wide Web, but adult material is anywhere where a teen willing to find it can look at whether online, browsing a friend’s adult magazine at school, renting a video when you are not at home, and finding so many other ways that we would probably miss to enlist may of them. However, online pornography can distort your teens’ perception of human sexuality, preventing them to build healthy relationships and even getting them involved in porn actively.
Cyberbullying Increasing Danger
Actually, the main problem and danger that your teens may find on the web is cyber bulling either as using the web as a medium to attack other kids or as a victim suffering the personal attacks that his or her classmates or pseudo-friends may craft to make teens lose their self-esteem. Therefore, make sure to know what your teenagers are doing when they come online and help them to avoid these traps.
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