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What Online Threats Are Targeting Teenagers?

1. Cyber Bullying

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Cyber bullying is a phenomenon that we are all still getting to grips with in terms of how to identify and manage it. In many respects, cyber bullying is much more psychologically damaging and physically taxing than traditional bullying because traditional bullying is limited to the playground or classroom.

 

With cyber bullying, the child doesn’t feel safe anywhere due to the ever-connected nature of mobile devices.

 

Studies have found that cyberbullying is more strongly related to suicidal thoughts in children and adolescents than traditional bullying, according to a new analysis published in JAMA Pediatrics.

Online safety for kids - Shows a teenager crying whilst browsing their phone

1. Cyber Bullying

Cyber bullying is a phenomenon that we are all still getting to grips with in terms of how to identify and manage it. In many respects, cyber bullying is much more psychologically damaging and physically taxing than traditional bullying because traditional bullying is limited to the playground or classroom.

 

With cyber bullying, the child doesn’t feel safe anywhere due to the ever-connected nature of mobile devices.

 

Studies have found that cyberbullying is more strongly related to suicidal thoughts in children and adolescents than traditional bullying, according to a new analysis published in JAMA Pediatrics.

2. Sexting

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‘Sexting’ is the practice of sending nude media (photos/videos) to someone else.

 

The risk here is that sexting when you are a child is illegal and if the child is caught, they can be prosecuted for distributing child pornography (even though it is of themselves). 

 

This can obviously result in being added to the sex offenders register and travel restrictions for life being imposed.

2. Sexting

‘Sexting’ is the practice of sending nude media (photos/videos) to someone else.

 

The risk here is that sexting when you are a child is illegal and if the child is caught, they can be prosecuted for distributing child pornography (even though it is of themselves). 

 

This can obviously result in being added to the sex offenders register and travel restrictions for life being imposed.

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3. Sextortion & Revenge Porn

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Sextortion and revenge porn are where criminals exploit the receipt of sensitive information (e.g. naked photos) for either financial or emotional gain.

 

Attackers will pose as fake young boys or girls to get chatting to their 'targets'. They can manipulate their victims into giving them nude media of themselves often within only an hour or so contact. 

 

Once an attacker gets their hands on such private media, they post it online to either humiliate the victim (revenge porn) or extort them out of large sums of money and predators often extort them for more sensitive media (sextortion).

Internet safety for teenagers - Shows a teen looking in the mirror

3. Sextortion & Revenge Porn

Sextortion and revenge porn are where criminals exploit the receipt of sensitive information (e.g. naked photos) for either financial or emotional gain.

 

Attackers will pose as fake young boys or girls to get chatting to their 'targets'. They can manipulate their victims into giving them nude media of themselves often within only an hour or so contact. 

 

Once an attacker gets their hands on such private media, they post it online to either humiliate the victim (revenge porn) or extort them out of large sums of money and predators often extort them for more sensitive media (sextortion).

4. Inappropriate Content

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Explicit content refers to teens accessing inappropriate media online (video, images or text) which has a harmful impact on them. We're not just talking about drugs or porn...

 

 

Teenagers are inherently curious and it wouldn't be unusual for them to want to wander around the internet just to see what's there. 

 

 

Parents need to ensure that they're not seeing overtly gruesome material (Iraq war beheadings), promoting self-harm or suicide, encouraging extremism or is just age inappropriate (such as drugs, sex and violence).

4. Inappropriate Content

Explicit content refers to teens accessing inappropriate media online (video, images or text) which has a harmful impact on them. We're not just talking about drugs or porn...

 

Teenagers are inherently curious and it wouldn't be unusual for them to want to wander around the internet just to see what's there.


Parents need to ensure that they're not seeing overtly gruesome material (Iraq war beheadings), promoting self-harm or suicide, encouraging extremism or is just age inappropriate (such as drugs, sex and violence).

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5. Sexual Predators

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Unfortunately, online grooming is a bigger problem than ever. Gone are the days where sexual predators are lone wolfs acting on their own. We have reached a time where the advent of the dark web has given birth to a new ‘super-predator’. The dark web provides a level of secrecy, anonymity and global connectedness that we have never experienced before.

 

Sexual predators have literally setup ‘training schools’ with thousands of networked like-minded individuals where they share tips and strategies on how to groom children the fastest, avoid law enforcement/parents, how to get nude media quickly and even methods on how to abduct the child.

Shows two girls taking a selfie - How to stay safe online

5. Sexual Predators

Unfortunately, online grooming is a bigger problem than ever. Gone are the days where sexual predators are lone wolfs acting on their own. We have reached a time where the advent of the dark web has given birth to a new ‘super-predator’. The dark web provides a level of secrecy, anonymity and global connectedness that we have never experienced before.

 

Sexual predators have literally setup ‘training schools’ with thousands of networked like-minded individuals where they share tips and strategies on how to groom children the fastest, avoid law enforcement/parents, how to get nude media quickly and even methods on how to abduct the child.

Free Cyber Bullying Handbook

Want to know how to spot the signs of cyber bullying, what to do if it happens to your child and how to prevent it happening again?

Free Cyber Bullying Handbook

Want to know how to spot the signs of cyber bullying, what to do if it happens to your child and how to prevent it happening again?

Printables & Cheatsheets

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One of the best things about being a member of SimpleCyberLife.com is we have loads of posters, printables and cheatsheets you can download and print out for your family. For example;

 

+ Screen time checklists

+ Internet Rules for Your Kids

+ Digital Footprint Audit Template

+ Internet Safety for Kids Guides

+ Cyber Bullying Diary Template

 

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Much more on the inside...

One of the best things about being a member of SimpleCyberLife.com is we have loads of posters, printables and cheatsheets you can download and print out for your family. For example;

 

+ Screen time checklists

+ Internet Rules for Your Kids

+ Digital Footprint Audit Template

+ Internet Safety for Kids Guides

+ Cyber Bullying Diary Template

 

Click the button below to find out more about our 3 month free trial...

Internet safety for teens - Simple Cyber Life worksheets
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