DID YOU KNOW that One out of five children, aged 10-17 report that they have received a sexual solicitation or approach via the internet and 54% said they frequently have conversations with strangers online.
The Digital Investigations Unit of the New Jersey State Police Department has offered a list of apps and websites frequented by online predators that parents need to be aware of. I know girls in this industry who have been approached by predators grooming them online on some of the apps below.. THIS CAN happen to your child!
Ghost Apps, places where kids can hide photos, videos, and messages from parents:
While there has been debate about whether or not parents should have access to their children’s online activities, ( I think they should!!!) there is no debating the online presence of fake accounts to gain access to photos of your child and sometimes aggressive pedophiles and predators, especially in the childrens modeling world. If you come across this type of person, report and block. DO not interact with them, it can be very upsetting...just BLOCK..
I would also suggest that you let members of Model Mum Strong know. MMS is a Facebook page which you can join if you are in the industry which lets other mum and dads know of predators that are following their accounts. I think spreading the knowledge is very helpful. I just found a great site called familoop that is offering 10 days free monitoring For 3 devices in your possession that you can take advantage of. https://www.familoop.com/
For parents, hashtags can provide valuable insight into your teen’s world.
Some popular hashtags are light and fun expressions like #yolo (you only live once). Others can be alarming and allude to troubling teen behavior like sex, bullying or depression. These hashtags are often used as a way for teens to share dangerous behaviors and keep their actions hidden from adults. Here are the top 10 hashtags you should know as a parent:
- #netflixandchill – inviting someone over for sex
- #yag – you are gay, often used for bullying
- #gokillyourself – often used for bullying
- #lmirl – let’s meet in real life
- #cuts – cutting or self-harming
- #selfharmmm – self-harming like cutting or burning
- #sue – suicide
- #thinspiration – may be used to talk about eating disorders
- #livingdangerously – can sometimes describe unsafe behavior
- #420 – marijuana, which can also be represented by the maple leaf emoji, any of the green leaf or tree emojis, the pineapple (a reference to stoner flick Pineapple Express), and the green check mark, as in "Yes, I have or can get some.
- #deb for "depression"
- #ana for "anorexic"
- #mia for "bulimia"
- #ednos for "eating disorder not otherwise specified"
- #thinsp for "thinspo" or "thinspiration"
- #borderline for "borderline personality disorder"
- #svv for "selbstverletzendes verhalten" or self-harming behavior
- #secretsociety123 for a community of people who engage in NSSH,
- or non-suicidal self harm
I regularly look for deals and have found a ten day free subscription to Familoop
, a software that offers A LOT of parental control ! Follow the link and have a look ..
Does your teen like exchanging pictures with online friends? With Familoop Safeguard you can review all the photos and pics stored on your teen’s iPhone
smartphone or tablet before they get sent to someone or distributed across social media and prevent harm done with sexting.
ADVANCED CONTACTS REVIEW
Does your teen have suspicious online friends? Familoop Safeguard thoroughly analyzes profiles, calls, messages, friends, tweets, shares, likes and other social activities on your home desktop PC, teen's Android phone or tablet. You are notified about signs of online predators, cyberbullies and contacts with bad language or suspected in online sexual abuse. When notified you can either dismiss it or drill down to check all the actual conversations with a specific person.
TEXT MESSAGES MONITORING
Do you worry about shift of texting into sexting? Once you install Familoop Safeguard on your teen’s Android device, SMS text message monitoring is enabled right away. Know what your teen is texting about and with whom, get alerted in case red flag words of sexting, online sexual abuse, cyberbullying, profanity and more are detected in texting of your teens or in messages they receive. Text messages monitoring for iOS devices is coming soon.