Over a three-day period, FBI agents along with state and local police officials rescued 79 children and arrested 104 pimps. Acting Executive Director Kevin Perkins stated, “the girls are of tender age, 11, 12, and 13 years. They are enticed with cell phones and other gifts but also with offers of basic food and shelter.” Unfortunately the children soon discover that they are trapped.
My question: If the pimps and predators have a business strategy to recruit our children through Social Media, Chatting and Texting, What’s your strategy? As parents we owe it to our children to become actively involved with their online interactions.
If your child is allowed to utilize the Internet, text, and or join Social Media Networks, you must be vigilante in monitoring their activity. Communicate with your child about Internet Safety, set expectations and discuss consequences.
It’s also a good idea to share these “real life” stories with your child as a means of education and awareness. I’m not advising you to scare your child, but statistics show that a majority of teens believe they are safe when talking to strangers online. Sharing the stories of things that “go wrong,” might be the the information your child needs to be more cautious while on the Internet.