There must be a complete agreement between parents, teens and even younger children saying they will look out for one another when it comes to being and staying safe while on the Internet. The problems most commonly associated with breaches of online safety are the suggested meet ups between posters who only know one another from online chat rooms.
It is easy for the more skilled predators to sweet-talk naive teens with promises of hanging out, being friends and even romance.
These meet ups can result in missing teens. Even worse, nary a one of these teens was not aware of their parent’s expectations when it came to online safety. Something did not work?
Most commonly it is the idea this one poster is different, or the teen is far too savvy to get caught up in a dangerous situation.
Parents should make it a point in their online safety talks to stress the simple techniques used by online predators and those who would seek to worm confidential information out of the kids. Parents are still the most powerful online safety tools available.