Many teenagers have an unknowing adversity to staying safe online. They have grown up in a world of constant connectedness where anybody can be contacted in nearly an instant. This has led to many young web users who are able to connect with people from all over the world at the click of a button and in some cases a culture of creating as many online ‘friends’ as possible.
The advantages of being so connected are boundless, however this does not come without issues, especially where it comes to safety and privacy online. Although easy to meet new ‘friends’ online, you really do have to pose the question, ‘Do I really know the person I am talking to?’. It is all too common to share too much information with the people you meet. When you think you are getting to know someone and start revealing information about where you live, where you go when you are out and what school you go to, it can become very easy for another person to build a profile about your routines and who your family and friends and various other bits of personal information. We frequently read about ‘online predators’ in the news and young people who have been taken advantage of online, but by looking at and taking note of the information available on the websites we have listed below, you could save yourself and those around from becoming one of those victims.
Here is a guide for parents on online safety for their children.