Be Aware of Who Is Behind the Screen
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Be Aware of Who Is Behind the Screen

An article about the dangers of the internet.

The internet is a constant source of activity in our lives. We work online and pay bills here. We watch films online instead of visiting the cinema. We shop online, and listen to music online. Social communities like Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace are some of the most popular sites ever created with record numbers of people joining them daily. Online dating has also seen an upward trend, people skip meeting people through the traditional routes of dating. The internet has many positive aspects but it can become a scary place for children and teens.

Teenagers in particular, spend enormous amounts of time on the internet. The digital generation is alive and well. Teens understand technology often times better the adults they live with. They are social creatures by nature, and these avenues are even more convenient and exciting to a generation who may not be driving yet. This digital world makes trusting people to teens seem easier than ever. Teens feel safe because the person they are chatting with is safely behind a void screen.

Sexual deviance and crimes are as high as any other sort of crime. Pedophiles and rapists can prey unexpected teens. Many teens feel misunderstood by their families and people around them so the adults on the computer give the time and attention that they feel like they are missing in their real worlds. Parents and guardians need to make young people understand the dangers that can sometimes come from online communication. Here are a few basic rules that parents should share with their kids.

Never Give Out Addresses, phone numbers, or social security numbers online.

This information is exclusive to you, and is considered private. Never give out credit card or debit card numbers.  Even if a person claims to be your age, they could very easily lying. Remember, safety first.

Be Very Careful who you add to Facebook.

People can assume any identity online. Be careful about school/city locations. Never put your cell phone numbers online on profile. Avoid adding people you have never met.

Never Agree to Meet Strangers.

Your safety is impearative do not take it for granted. Be smart, and trust your intuition. If something feels wrong, it probably is.

Avoid Pornographic Websites.

Those are dangerous sites, and should not be viewed by young people. Parents need to block websites in the same manner that they block certain television channels.

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Comments (3)

Extremely Wise Advise

Excellent advice.

A very valid warning - thank you. I buzzed this up because it is so important for people to take notice.