Kids who are old enough to swipe a screen can have access to the world. For example, an 8-year-old might do an online search for "Lego." But with just one missed keystroke, the word "Legs" is entered instead, and the child may be directed to a slew of websites with a focus on legs — some of which may contain pornographic material.
That's why it's important to be aware of what your kids see and hear on the Internet, who they meet, and what they share about themselves online.
Warning signs of a child being targeted by an online predator include spending long hours online, especially at night, phone calls from people you don't know, or unsolicited gifts arriving in the mail.
If your child suddenly turns off the computer when you walk into the room, ask why and monitor computer time more closely.
No one knows how common chat-room predators are, but pedophiles (adults who are sexually interested in children) are known to frequent chat rooms.
These predators sometimes prod their online acquaintances to exchange personal information, such as addresses and phone numbers, thus putting the kids they are chatting with — and their families — at risk. Because many kids have been told by parents not to give out their phone numbers, pedophiles may encourage kids to call them — and if they do, caller ID will instantly give the offenders the kids' phone numbers.
Contact your local law enforcement agency or the FBI if your child has received pornography via the Internet or has been the target of an online sex offender.When you go into a chat room for the first time, it is often hard to access or acquire the chat room rules even after lurking for a bit. They can use it to research school reports, communicate with teachers and other kids, and play interactive games.It includes animated filters, built-in music, and sharing features, making it a lot like a combination of Instagram, Snapchat, and The app lets you automatically share photos and videos over those three services, and you can share content with people directly through the app itself.