Online grooming – lessons to be learned

“Their child right now could be talking to a predator (online). Even if you have a good relationship with your children, it’s good to make sure you are monitoring them on the Internet.”

A new article, included as yet another warning for parents and teens alike.

http://www.standard.net/stories/2013/03/09/13-year-old-riverdale-girl-shares-cautionary-tale-online-sexual-predator

Note that there is something different about this story. The parents actually do something. I have put the common sense in bold.

Tiffany Gurule said she sets boundaries for her seven children, who range in age from 5 to 18, but doesn’t violate their privacy.

“I monitor what they are putting on Facebook,” she said. “I don’t go snooping through their rooms because that’s a trust issue. That’s their own area.”

However, the incident involving Salguero has caused her to implement some stricter rules, particularly for Isabel.

“Isabel is not going to give out her address unless it is someone I know,” she said.

Isabel has also been temporarily banned from using her cellphone, tablet and computer.

“It bothers me,” Isabel said, “but it’s good punishment because I can’t talk to anyone or do anything.”

Perhaps the mother should have let her daughter have unfettered access to the Internet whilst smoking weed. But that’s an entirely different story.

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