How to Talk to Your Kids About Online Predators

Online predators aren’t something we want to talk to our kids about. We want to believe that our kids wouldn’t be lured by one; that if they were approached, they would tell us and we would protect them!

According to a recent statistic, one in five U.S. teenagers who regularly log on to the internet says they have received an unwanted sexual solicitation via the web. Solicitations were defined as requests to engage in sexual activities or sexual talk, or to give out personal sexual information. Only 25% of those told a parent.

Given this startling reality, we need to educate our children on the risk and provide them with the necessary tools and strategies to successfully manage any communications they may receive. Clients of mine who have found themselves inadvertently talking with online predators’ report feeling scared, hurt and confused. They trusted this person they were talking with and

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