TeenSafe on Fox 13
Seattle based Fox affiliate, channel 13 recently covered the topic of a growing number of online child predators and a way to give parents back the power over these omnipresent, faceless thugs. Once we feared strangers on the streets when it came to protecting our children from pedophiles, potential kidnappers and other abductors, but now the biggest threat has grown to unthinkable numbers on the internet. At the end of the segment, a number of different apps are mentioned to help parents monitor their children’s online behaviors, but they refer to TeenSafe as one of the most thorough available.
No longer lurking in dark alleys or driving around in creepy, windowless panel vans, they’re now hiding behind a screen and unfortunately for many of today’s youth, they can be secretly contacted through a common device found in almost every child’s hand – a smartphone. With a miniature computer and access to the internet in the palm of their hands or inside their pockets, this puts today’s youth at an alarming risk.
The FBI Weighs In
Vicki Anderson, Special Agent with the FBI, shares the terror of predators who are patiently plotting through the use of today’s handheld, digital devices. Not only can they pose as practically anyone, of any age, gender or ethnicity, they’re also stalking and examining all of our children’s behaviors online.
“They monitor, they look at what the young girls especially, are saying, what they’re talking about, what books are popular, what make-up (they’re using),” warns Special Agent Anderson. “And then they portray themselves as a teen girl or possible a teen boy” in order to contact them.
A Little Information Goes A Long Way
Agent Anderson cautions parents about the need to educate our children and “bring them to reality” when it comes to the dangers facing them everyday on the internet. Anderson says kids need to know, “There are bad people out there and there are bad people that can do bad things.”
She also warns parents to let their kids know that a little bit of information on social media can go a long way in the hands of a predator. “Maybe the teen doesn’t realize how much information they’re giving out, but they’re giving out a lot of information,” she shares. “About what they did after school and where they live,” Anderson continues, “Predators just write that information down and wait.”
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