“Predator.” The term in itself indicates danger. Predators are not only found in the animal world, because here, in the world of humans, we also have our set of some certain individuals who are predatory. One type of predator that has become more common is the online predator, the one that can easily endanger a child.
Online predators are people, especially adults, who use the Internet to befriend children and teenagers and then exploit them for sexual or other abusive reasons. These online predators also encompass boys and girls who stalk their real or ‘assumed’ girlfriends and boyfriends or bully them in any sexual or threatening manner.
Family members, especially parents, should be aware of the basic signs of an online predator, the general indicators that a child is talking to a completely random stranger online, as well as the use of mobile and telephone technology in stopping this from happening.
Signs of a Predator
Polite and nice talk
Online predators are found on social media sites and online chat rooms where they can easily find, select, stalk and talk to their “prey.” They use a polite tone to ease themselves into a conversation by creating a comfortable and familiar atmosphere.
Online predators stalk your profile thoroughly, but they don’t leave any comments or likes on any of your social media. However, they will talk to you regularly, all day long if possible. This is because they don’t want to be in any other individual’s line of attention on social media. Their sole aim is to keep in constant touch with the person they are talking to and lure them in with their words.
They “know” everyone
These stalkers not only haunt your profile but also stalk your family and friends on social media, allowing them to gain as much information as possible about the person they are stalking.
They want to know all the little details about you
These online predators are interested in all your online and social activities and will ask you a lot of personal questions during your conversations with them. They take control of the conversation, allowing them to gain information about you. In some extreme cases, they can even gain sensitive information, such as passwords, which they can use to access your social media accounts.
They welcome the “vulnerable” you
Online predators take advantage of you when you are emotionally vulnerable, like when you’re feeling down after a fight with your parents or getting a bad grade. Predators urge you to vent about everything, all the time agreeing with you and turning you against the ones who truly love and care about you.
You are the “one” for them
They make you feel extremely special by offering you gifts and other words of praise. They make you believe that they love and care for you and will be there for you in time of need.
These predators initially ask you to send compromising photos or would pressure you into meeting with them in private. However, when you truly start feeling uncomfortable, they then start to attack you by threatening to make your photos or private messages public, or they will belittle you until you comply.
Signs Your Child Might be Talking to an Online Predator
Here are some signs which can help you determine if an online predator is interacting with your child:
- Your child would be using their phone or laptop late in the night until early morning.
- You either catch them watching pornography or find it, on their phones or computers.
- Your child is using other accounts for online activities and is quick to hide their screens when you are around.
- Your child either asks you for more than the usual amount of cash or they start using large sums of the money they’ve saved.
- Your child receives gifts and parcels from unknown sources.
To stop predators, there are numerous technologies currently available for surveillance purposes. What’s great is that you can select the type of technology you want to use depending on the behavior a child is showing i.e. whether they’re using a mobile phone, laptop, or even a landline phone to stay in touch with a predator.
Surveillance Software for Cellular Phone Users
This type of software is designed to make surveillance easier for you. This software for cell phones is designed to track incoming and outgoing calls, messages, and photos. It also includes GPS tracking facility. Furthermore, all online history can also be stored by using this software. KidGuard is an example of a reliable software for cell phone surveillance, including calls, texts, and location of your child’s cell phone.
Classic Landline Recorders for Telephone Surveillance
Landline recorders are a type of telephone surveillance equipment that only has to be hooked up to your landline phone and all calls will start to record on this device. This is a good way to see if kids are using a landline phone to stay in contact with a predator because they think their Internet history is under surveillance by a parent.
PC Surveillance Software
Such software is used for monitoring activity on a computer or laptop. You’ll be provided with a report of all the websites being visited, messages and emails being shared, as well as any content (photos or videos) that are shared or downloaded.
Stop it before it is too late!
Online predators know how to exploit vulnerable kids and youngsters. Whether the online predator is a stranger or an abusive boyfriend or girlfriend, using surveillance technology can help stop them such predators from causing severe damage.
It is crucial that parents keep a check on their children, teenagers included. Parents should set firm rules yet be easy to talk to for their child when they are facing any problem. Implementing reliable surveillance technologies can help secure your child’s innocence and stop them from falling prey to an online predator.