For all this, it is very important that parents know the signs that their children can give, because on many occasions they can tell you a lot without using words.
Is on the computer every day
When kids go online every day it can be suspicious. What many parents don’t realize is that children and teens can easily become the victims of online predators. Many of them don’t realize either that this process doesn’t always happen overnight. Some child predators pose as teenagers or children who are the same age as their targets.
So these predators work to gain the trust of children and adolescents, something that can take days, weeks and even months. You can tell if these are happening when your child is chatting for a long time and you don’t know who the other person is. If you think your child is in danger online, you should take immediate action.
You want too much privacy or your conversations to be secret
If your child is always angry when he is on the computer because you do not want you to see what he is talking about, perhaps it is because he simply wants to have privacy – especially if he is a teenager – but it can also be a sign that something is not right. If he tries to hide what he does on the Internet, then you may start to be suspicious. If your child automatically disconnects the computer and puts something else on the screen so that you cannot see what he was doing, it is because he clearly tries to prevent you from knowing what he is doing. You may have direct conversations with a stranger and it may be a predator with a false identity.
Your son is sad
If your child suddenly changes his mood and starts to feel sad, he may be receiving some type of bullying on the Internet. What many parents don’t realize is that other teens use the Internet to bully. If your teenager has a confrontation with one of his friends, he may be bullied online later. In this case, your child may appear sad, depressed, withdrawn, or even irritable.
All the signs that I have mentioned in this post are very important to take into account because they could be indicating that your child is suffering from the dangers that exist on the Internet. For all this it is very important that you are aware of how your child surfs the Internet and if there may be suspicious signals. Likewise, it is necessary that you have parental control and that you investigate what is happening. If you think that your child is having problems on the Internet, you will have to promote good communication, talk with him and remedy as soon as possible.
What kind of control do you do on your children when they are accessing the Internet? Do you know what they do or who they talk to whenever they are online? Remember also that it is important that you set time limits regarding the use of new technologies and that it is essential that your child never focuses his life on the virtual environment. You have to interact in a traditional way with your peers and make good use of the Internet.