Identifying Online Predators
Do You Go Online? Do you go online alone? What do you do online?
How do you know how old someone is that you meet online? Remember – Anyone you meet and know only online is a stranger to you, no matter how well you think you know them.
Online Socializing and Realities
To socialize online means to interact with others using Internet technologies. Sometimes people lie about who they are when socializing online. This could be because they want to bully or steal identities. Most online relationships are safe, but sometimes adults lie online to meet and form friendships with youth. They are called predators.
The Grooming Process Have you heard of the grooming process?
This term is used to mean the methods a predator uses to befriend youth online. How can you identify someone who might be an online predator?
Online Grooming Studies have shown that an online predator will:
Encourage you to talk about inappropriate things Do or say anything to show they care Want to meet you Remember – No one can predict the harm that a predator could cause.
Minimizing Danger There are things you can do to minimize danger and the chances of becoming the victim of an online predator, including the following: Choose a safe screen name. Use caution when choosing whom to communicate with. Avoid revealing too much personal information.
Minimizing Danger No matter what, it is important to tell an adult if:
You feel uncomfortable online for any reason. You are approached by someone who discusses inappropriate things. You are approached by someone who wants to meet you offline. Think about what UR Talking About – a predator looks for youth who willingly talk about inappropriate things. It is not okay and it’s not safe!
Review Think Safety First Use an appropriate screen name.
Don’t engage in inappropriate talk online. Don’t agree to meet an online stranger. Avoid secret online friendships. Find an offline friend if you’re feeling down.
Review It is important to stop the communication and tell an adult if:
You feel uncomfortable online for any reason. You are approached by someone who discusses inappropriate things. You are approached by someone who wants to meet you offline.
Review Who can U Tell? Tell your parent, guardian, or another trusted adult. Tell a teacher or another adult at school. Bottom line – Tell someone!
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