Have You Taught Your Kids About the Dangers of ‘Catfishing’?

You may have overheard your kids talking about “catfishing” or someone getting “catfished.” No, they aren’t talking about gills, hooks, or vacationing on the lake. Rather, catfishing is a new digital sport that’s taking place online. The Urban Dictionary defines a “catfish” as “someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.”

 

Getting “catfished” means you’ve been duped into believing someone you’ve met on the Internet is a real person—even though they are completely fabricated by someone else. Catfishing is not cool if you are doing and it certainly isn’t fun if you are the one being lured, or “catfished” into a fictitious relationship. Catfishing scams also includes people faking cancer or other illnesses to raise funds online as well as predators who capture the emotions of underaged children online

 

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