Dark Side of the Web

Internet dangers face our kids everyday – at home, at the library, at a friend’s house – and most parents don’t realize what the dangers are and how easy their kids can access them. 90% of children, ages 8 to 16, have viewed porn online and yet 62% of parents are unaware that their children have accessed objectionable websites. Parents should be especially concerned about the number of child predators on the Internet. Studies show that 1 in 5 children who use chat rooms have been approached by pedophiles.

As part of an ongoing effort to help educate our parents about the dangers of the internet and to equip students to make wise choices about their internet habits, we will be posting some helpful articles and resources on a regular basis. We hope they will be useful to you and perhaps save some heartache and pain.

Just this week in a small town in Virginia, one that is rated in the top five places to raise a family,  a young 13 year old girl was abducted and killed by someone she met online.  He was a promising college student and athlete. Read more about what happened in this Washington Post Article.  Then, follow up by reading about the phone app which allowed the young girl to meet her future murderer.  Does your child have this app on his/her phone?  If so, you may want to begin the journey to monitoring your child’s activity online.

What Is Kik?

Kik messenger is an incredibly popular free mobile messaging app with over 200 million users.

What Are The Dangers?

  • Insecure “Privacy” Settings that let strangers through
  • Spammers and porn bots sending adult content
  • Large public groups for chatting with strangers
  • Unverified, unrated adult hook up apps hosted within Kik
  • Constant approaches by strangers that can’t be avoided
  • Inability to ever log out of the device without resetting it
  • Hard for parents to supervise

Why Is Kik Messenger So Popular With Younger Kids?

Kim Messenger is a convenient, simple & free SMS substitute. It is one of the only cross platform (operates on all mobile devices) messaging apps that doesn’t require a phone number to be registered. For younger kids without a mobile phone this means they can use it on their mobile devices like iPods through Wi Fi. Note: Skype and iMessage also have this ability, but have better security to protect against strangers.

Find out more here….http://thecybersafetylady.com.au/2013/07/why-kik-messenger-is-unsafe-for-kids/

 

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