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PRACTICE INTERNET SAFETY.
Did you know 1 in 3 sex trafficking victims in Hawaii is recruited online? Use these Top 10 Safety Tips to keep your loved ones safe from online predators.
- Privacy. Check with your children to see if their social media and online accounts are private.
- Security. Set parental controls on phones, apps, and websites.
- Access. Be aware of possession of a cell phone not provided by you, the parent/guardian.
- Monitor. Make sure you know what your children are doing online and check on them if they are in their rooms for long interrupted periods of time
- Personal Information. Remind children to never give out their full name, address, phone number, school name or other personal identifying information to people on the internet.
- Photos. Talk about what is appropriate to post online and what is not. Do not post nude, partially nude, or revealing photos. Once an image is online, it can be saved, used, and shared beyond your control.
- Friends. Ask your children about who they are talking to online. Encourage caution when talking to people online. Unfortunately, sometimes an online personality can be a predator.
- Slang. Pay attention to the use of trafficking-related terms like “Trick,” “The Life,” or “The Game.”
- Online Ads. Caution children about clicking on online ads or pursuing a purchase through an ad. Some ads are used to trick the user into sharing personal information.
- Visit the Hawaii Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Website for more tips and information: https://ag.hawaii.gov/hicac/
The key to practicing safety with electronics is by having face-to-face, open conversations with your children. Keeping virtual conversations safe is a key part of protecting youth and we can do this by being involved and engaged (not helicopter) parents.
The Truth About Apps: What to Look Out For
There’s an app for that? There really is. It’s difficult to keep track of every app and whether or not they are safe for your youth. Below is a list of apps often used by predators attempting to lure our keiki. (Disclaimer: Applications in general are not necessarily cautioned against, but many apps have capabilities that require supervision and a conversation.)
Keep Your Zoom Calls Safe
As adults and youth spend more time on Zoom for work and school, predators have found ways to interrupt our presentations. Our partners at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, put together a fantastic article on how we can keep safe from “Zoombombers,” intruders who have been known to invade with explicit images and video. Read more HERE
Cell phones are an amazing tool in helping our kids stay connected to us as parents and to their social support systems. It’s important to have a conversation about communicating appropriately through text messages and cautioning against the dangers of sending racy or sexual pictures. Read more HERE
READ THE TRUE LIFE STORY about teenager Amanda Todd, and the story about how sexting lead to a tragic end.