What can you do to minimize the chances of cyberbullying happening with your teen?
Again, monitoring your teen’s online activity is important. Bring up the topic of cyberbullying, and inform him or her that if he or she is ever the victim of it that a responsible adult should be notified, even if that adult isn’t you.
One possibility is if those whom your teen is chatting with begin to bully your son or daughter.
Many people don’t realize how real cyberbullying is, and that it happens on a regular basis.
Within two years, it would spawn a major national initiative that is now the centerpiece of the FBI’s efforts to protect children from predatory pedophiles in cyberspace.
Here’s how the events unfolded: When FBI agents and Prince George’s County police detectives went door-to-door to talk with neighbors following the boy’s disappearance in 1993, they encountered a pair of suspicious men who had been “befriending” local children, showering them with gifts and even taking them on vacation.
After a quick download of the appropriate app, such as Skype or Snap Chat, an immediate connection can be made to just about anyone.
As long as a person has an internet connection and a webcam, then it is possible to chat online with individuals anywhere in the world.A decade ago, a 10-year-old boy disappeared from his Brentwood, Maryland, neighborhood.Within weeks, the investigation would uncover two pedophiles and a larger ring of online child pornographers.Its goals: to break up networks of online pedophiles, to stop sexual predators from using the Internet to lure children from their families, and to rescue victims.Today, 28 of the FBI’s 56 field offices have undercover Innocent Images operations. Some pose as teenagers or pre-teens in chat rooms to identify “travelers” who seek to meet and abuse children.