Bullies and predators contacting your kids via smart phones is the modern parent’s worst nightmare. The number of children receiving counselling for cyberbullying in particular has more than doubled in five years.
The apps that are connecting children to strangers makes them easy prey for perverts. An NSPCC study revealed that kids are most at risk of being groomed when using Facebook and other social media apps.
Usually you wold think that teens don’t want their parents snooping on their digital life, but you’d be wrong.
Research by Internet Matters based online shows that seven out of ten teenagers wanted their parents to set filters on their devices. However very few parents did this and still don’t.
LOUISE Howe, 24, and sister Sarah, 12, have both been the victims of abuse online from cyberbullies.
“I was always in tears and frightened to leave the house. I didn’t know who these people were and I trusted no-one.
DEAN, 18, from Manchester, felt suicidal when his “sexts” were shared online, but he said that wouldn’t stop him doing it again.
“Sexting is pretty normal for a teenager. My and all my friends always talk about our experiences.”
“It’s embarrassing but it doesn’t make me want to stop. My first ever experience of sexting was with a girl when I was 17. We used to send sexual texts, then it progressed to picture messages and videos.”
“Someone once took a screenshot of one of my messages and posted it on Facebook. I got the picture taken down eventually but people had already seen it by the time it was removed.”
“If someone pressures you to send something you’re not comfortable with, you’re best off “blocking them. If you’re worried about things, don’t keep it to yourself, there are always people who can can help.”