Unfortunately, regardless of parental intentions and involvement, the Kidsafe Foundation reports nearly 32 percent of teenagers hide or delete their browsing history from their parents. Likewise, 16 percent of teens have email or social media accounts their parents are unaware of.
Often, children even lie about their ages in order to create such accounts, attracting attention from older children or even adults.
Unfortunately, dangers exist online, and it is important for both children and adults to take precautions when using the internet.
Parents need to be cautious and aware of security, and should also monitor their children's internet use to prevent abuse or identity theft.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) reports 15 percent of children between ages 10 and 17 have been contacted via the internet for sexual intent.
It is highly likely many of these solicitors are sexual predators.
Teens often think some behaviors, like teasing and name-calling, are a “normal” part of a relationship.
Teens receive messages about how to behave in relationships from peers, adults, and the media.
All too often these examples suggest that violence in a relationship is normal, but violence is never acceptable. The risk of having unhealthy relationships increases for teens who: Communicating with your partner, managing uncomfortable emotions like anger and jealousy, and treating others with respect are a few ways to keep relationships healthy and nonviolent.
A survey by the Santa Clara, CA Sheriff's office reports solicitation of sex online is growing at the rate of 1,000 percent each month!
This is another reason it is important individuals do not make their whereabouts and contact information public.