The 2020 global pandemic and the resultant changes it brought about have dictated a lot of changes in lifestyle. More people are working remotely. Far more kids have also switched to online schooling. 

The reason for this shift was an effort to keep our kids safe from a virus that essentially turned our lives upside down. Unfortunately, online studies have exposed our kids to a whole different type of threat. 

Cyberbullying

Gone are the days when we could confront the bully face to face and try to talk to them. As intimidating as that seemed, it usually ended the bullying quickly. These days, bullies hide behind online profiles. 

Children as young as eight have reported having suicidal thoughts because of the vicious online attacks from cyberbullies. The messages sent out by these bullies – often only children themselves – can be eye-watering in their cruelty. Every parent wants to shield their kids from that!     

As parents, we need to keep our kids safe while they study. PhoneTracker.com offers a mobile tracker app to help you do just this. You would install this nifty app on your cell, which enables you to track your child’s activity. It allows you to monitor calls, GPS location, and surf history. 

Catfishing or cyber predators

This is easily one of the most terrifying possibilities for any parent. A sexual predator will pose as a teen or young person and make contact with a child online. Their profile seems legitimate, displaying a picture of a teen. They start a chat with our teen, or preteen, luring them in. 

These predators are usually patient and, when the time seems right, they will arrange a meeting with their victims. These meetings can result in the abduction of our unwitting kids, where they run the risk of being trafficked. Records show they can be whisked away in the blink of an eye. 

Scams

If adults are gullible enough to fall for these online scams, how much greater is the risk that a child will? We receive texts on our mobiles, or see ads in links on our screens, offering vouchers and prizes if we forward to ten people…  

Imagine the risk to a young, innocent child, if the “prize” is apparently something irresistible, like a trip to Disney World or a huge voucher for his favorite gadget store. With the help of an app, parents can pick up on a history that looks like classic “clickbait”, we can educate and guide our kids and avoid potential disaster. 

Posting compromising pictures

Sometimes our kids are drawn into an “online romance.” These are usually between two kids of similar age. As the relationship progresses, our kids may be persuaded to post “compromising” photos. Fast forward to the end of the “romance,” and a jilted lover posts these photos on the internet for “payback.” 

These pictures can remain hidden for years and suddenly surface years later. This could be at the time your child is applying for entrance to a prestigious university or a job in law enforcement, where their sudden resurfacing is potentially a career wrecker. 

Sharing credit card details; phishing

Your child may see something he’s always wanted online when he’s supposed to be studying. He completes the information and uploads the credit card details. Next thing you know, your credit card has been debited for a huge unauthorized amount of money

Best case scenario: never allow your kids access to your banking details, but, if for some reason you have to, do teach them about Phishing and reading fine print. 

We live in a scary world of electronic criminals. It’s so important to be on the lookout for potential pitfalls and cyber criminals.