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Added August 01, 2013

Internet Safety For Teens

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"We met in a chat room," remembers 14-year-old Hannah describing her relationship with a guy she was writing to for weeks online. "He was so friendly and flattering and funny. I knew he was a little older than the boys I usually talk to but that made it even better. He asked me questions about myself and seemed really interested in how my life was going. Then we started speaking on my cell phone. Two days later, out of the blue, he asked me my bra size. I couldn't believe it. My stomach tightened up and my hands turned ice cold. How could I have been so stupid? I never told my mom because I knew she'd say, 'I told you so'."

 

"My dad keeps warning me about Internet safety for teens. He keeps showing me all the newspaper articles about what can happen if you're not careful online," relates 13-year-old Stacey. "Last week, he read one out loud about a girl who met this guy in a Christian chat room. He was 37, but he told her he was 18. She told him her address and one night when she was asleep, he came into her house wearing a ski mask and carrying a gun. He took her to a remote storage space, sexually assaulted her, and shot her in the head. My dad says finding girls to harm is like shooting fish in a barrel for these guys.... In fact, policemen who pretend they're teenagers never have to wait more than a few minutes before someone hits on them. Usually the guys seem like average citizens...real estate agents, youth ministers, engineers, students, security guards...no one knows about their secret life. It's really scary."

 

"I'm probably contacted by strangers via IMs at least once a week," admits 15-year-old Cara, who knows that Internet safety for teens is important. The first thing people ask is where you live and how old you are. I never used to think twice about it, but now I either ignore the question or give a fake answer. I can still talk to them, but I don't have to worry in case they are not who they say they are."

 

Chat sites, social networking sites, blogs...they're all pretty cool places to hang in cyberspace. Who wouldn't be tempted to spend time in a new hot site where you can share opinions and music files and communicate with interesting new friends? The problem is that as wonderful as the Internet is, it's just a reflection of society, the good and the bad. While you might recognize religious cults or hate speeches, you might not understand dangers of clever electronic strangers.

 

Here are some internet safety for teens facts: 

  • Close to 60% of teens online say they have received an IM or email from a stranger, and 50% of them say they have exchanged emails or instant messages with someone they never met.
  • Of the 45 million kids under 18 online, one in five has received an online sexual offer.
  • Two-thirds of these offers were aimed at teenage girls.

 

It's just common sense. When you let your fingers do your talking, use the filter between your ears and remember Internet safety for teens. NEVER give personal information to anyone you have not met in person. NEVER agree to meet someone you have only met online. Choose your screen name carefully..."SexMagnet" is a no-no...something like "Panda" is better. And keep in mind, you would never talk to a stranger on the street; be just as careful of who you're letting onto the screen in your bedroom!

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puppies101
puppies101
Posted August 22, 2013
I have never in my life put my actual info online. too risky!
Courtney3234
Courtney3234
Posted January 03, 2013
On Facebook my "friends" asked me awkward questions. One of my "friends" asked me if he could feel my boobs, after i didn't respond he told me it was his friend that typed that. Avoided him since. ... Months later my old boyfriend that i stopped talking to asked me if i wanted to play a game so i said sure. We asked each other random questions but his got more and more personal. He asked me my bra size, if i was a virgin, and if i have ever been sexually attracted to someone. I never told my mom or anyone until now. And never talked to them again. But the weird thing was I knew both of them and they went to my school they weren't unknown like most cases.
Prettygurl4444
Prettygurl4444
Posted May 26, 2012
there r so many stalkers out there. be very careful.
iliketoparty
iliketoparty
Posted November 07, 2011
wow i am never talk to freaks agian like so freaked out right now like seriously
micki mouse roxx8
micki mouse roxx8
Posted July 06, 2012
ikr i DONT put tmi on the internet just to be safe:)
Grenade
Grenade
Posted January 13, 2012
I know this feeling, I even have some "internet" stalkers. Just be careful of what you say about yourself online. For me, I'm quite secretive. I rarely share my location, age, and name. [Usually go by a nickname of mine] Don't worry if they get mad, just block/ignore them. If it's something harmful they say to you for being so secretive, report them.
Sydney2485
Sydney2485
Posted August 18, 2011
Tru Story: I was walking my dog when a guy drove up to me and asked me to get in his car to help him find his poodle. (classic.) Luckly I was almost home. I said I hadn't seen his poodle but would return it when i did. Well, I started chasing after me. Why? He was the man in the chat room a week earlier. I had told him enough info for him to be able to find me. Be careful! In His Grip!!!
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