Dangers of internet dating guardian
"If you get the monitoring software, put it on the computer and forget that it's there," Aftab says.That way, if someone's viewing porn, you'll have the records to deal with it.Once she began dating him, a jealous girl flooded her computer with a stream of nasty messages."She'd say, 'I hate you; leave the school,' and she called me every name in the book," says Handy, now an 18-year-old senior in New Jersey.The Cyber Tipline helps prevent sexual exploitation of children by reporting cases of kids enticed online to do sexual acts.While sexual predators have targeted children in chat rooms, they migrate to wherever young people go online, Shehan says.Software filters aren't a perfect solution; some nasty sites can slip through, while educational or family-rated sites may be blocked.So while some parents may wonder whether monitoring means they're spying on their kids, the safety factor often wins out.
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"They come across to the children as their new best friend.
They're going to have the same likes and dislikes," Shehan says.
Cyberbullying includes sending hateful messages or even death threats to children, spreading lies about them online, making nasty comments on their social networking profiles, or creating a website to bash their looks or reputation.
Cyberbullying differs from schoolyard bullying, Handy says. "When it happens online, there's no one to filter it," she says.