Children at the age of 10 have never known a time before the Internet. Many of these kids were taught to tap and swipe on their parent’s smartphones and tablets before they knew how to read a book. Given the influence digital technology has over our kids, we’ve decided to drill down into the statistics on kids and Internet usage, and discuss the value of protecting online safety for kids and teens.
- In 82% of online sex crimes against minors, online predators reviewed and analyzed a victim’s social networking site to glean their likes and dislikes; 62% used social networking sites to research home and school details to more easily entrap their victims.
- 26% of online sex predators used the victim's social networking site to glean details about the victim's whereabouts at a specific point in time.
- One in seven kids have received an online sexual solicitation.
Online Risky Behavior:
- Children who engage in risky behavior online are more likely to be sexually solicited. Risky behaviors include: posting personal info (50%), interaction with strangers online, friending strangers (35%), visiting sexually explicit sites (13%), and discussing sex with strangers (5%).
- 23% of teens with dating experience have sent sexy or flirty pictures or videos to someone they had a crush on.
- Girls are more likely than boys to be on the receiving end of unwanted flirting strategies. In fact, 35% of all teen girls have unfriended or blocked another person due to unappreciated flirting (vs. only 16% of boys).
Illegal romantic tactics for attention or jealousy:
- 21% of teens who date have said their partner has read private emails or text messages without their permission.
- 10% of teens who date have impersonated a boyfriend/girlfriend or an ex-partner in a message.
- 8% of teens have sent embarrassing pictures of a current boyfriend/girlfriend or an ex-partner to someone else.
- 4% of teens have downloaded GPS tracking program to their partner's’ digital device in secret.
- 11% of teens who date reported that a current boyfriend/girlfriend or ex-partner threatened them online.
How to Secure Online Safety for Kids?
Parental Control Software by Familoop makes it easier than ever to parent intelligently, staying two steps ahead of potential harmful predators and unwanted influences online. You don’t need to keep a running roster of your child’s various logins and passwords to his or her social media and email accounts. All you need to secure the safety of your child is a subscription to Familoop Safeguard.
Monitor your child’s browsing activity and block inappropriate sites and chat rooms. With Familoop Safeguard on your child's iPhone or iPad, you can monitor your child’s friends list, screen time, new photos, watched videos and visited websites, keep track of child's location and review new photos made or received. On Android phones and tablets it is in addition possible to monitor messages or calls. All this within a single Parent Account.
Give Familoop Safeguard a try. After you're introduced to your child’s digital-self, you may never want to leave online safety for kids up to chance again.
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