Think: Internet Safety

Did you know that internet predators can judge by the appearance of a profile or by the behavior that a child is exhibiting online whether he or she might be a prime target for sexual grooming and exploitation?

SHOALS – Did you know that internet predators can judge by the appearance of a profile or by the behavior that a child is exhibiting online whether he or she might be a prime target for sexual grooming and exploitation?

According to Enough is Enough®. Children, teens and adolescents who don’t use privacy settings 

on social networking and gaming sites often post personal information - including their deepest desires, likes and dislikes, real-time moods, pictures, videos, addresses, and phone numbers - for anyone to see.

That’s why it’s important to use privacy settings on all social media and gaming platforms as well as their mobile devices.

Depending on the platform, these settings help control privacy-related issues such as:

Account privacy (who can see your child’s profile, posts, photos and videos)

Who is able to view contact information

The ability to view your child’s “friends” list

Who can ‘tag’ or mention your child

The audience your child chooses to share information with

Who your child can communicate with (ex. can only communicate with friends)

Activity status (when turned off, latest ‘active’ status is hidden) 

Teach your children to block anyone they don’t know in the physical world as its impossible to detect a disguised predator. If you feel you and/or someone you know are in danger, contact law enforcement immediately.

Remember, privacy settings only work if they are set to begin with, so please do not overlook this critical step! 

Please visit www.internetsafety101.org for more information. 

Enough Is Enough® is a national non-partisan, non-profit organization who has led the fight to make the Internet safer for children and families since 1994.