After Manti Te’o’s catfishing experience he said, “I hope that others will be far more guarded when they engage with people online than I was.” We should all take a lesson from his experience.If your child is under 18, you should be monitoring their online activity and be alert for online predators and fake profiles.There are many positives about social networking and using the Internet, but security risks and online safety concerns also come with this new way of socializing.
I told him it was time to go back to the song circle and shortly thereafter called it a night, heading back, solo, to my room.
Parents need to pay attention to their teen’s “friends” lists too. Because a recent study found that one third of teens girls meet up in person with someone they only know and met online. Chatroom sites, dating sites, and gaming sites with chat capability are all venues where online predators hang out.
No one wants to end up wishing, “if only I had checked that person out.” Catfish and predators groom their victims.
It took a few days in Sumatra to dawn on me that I was seeing the local boys constantly flirting with the Western girls – a phenomena that was the exact opposite of what I had been seeing in Thailand.
The longer I stayed in Bukit Lawang, the more I learned.