As children get older, they’ll want to know more. With the emergence of the internet, this is easier than parents think. All it takes is a few keystrokes and they’ve come to the website of their choice. Even with that, children find ways to get the information they need.
Being online exposes children to a new way of exploring things. Or they will access one of their favorite children’s television websites and look at old episodes of their favorite shows. If it doesn’t cost them much of anything, they will take advantage of what the internet has available.
Even though a child may land on a child-friendly website, some of them do have chat rooms. Who’s to say that they would not try to access one of them? If they get lonely, they can look for new friends online. These are people they have never met before. Down the road, they start to feel comfortable talking to them.
Then once they get to know them, they seek out people who have their same interests. Little do some of these children know that they may be setting themselves up for trouble if they’re not careful. The person on the other end seems to be interested in having a “friendship” as well.
This “friendship” gets so intense that the child starts pouring out their heart to them. They start to divulge their innermost thoughts and problems. They think that the person on the other end will be willing to help them.
What the person is really doing is trying to get a hook to take advantage of them. The child is then lured with promises of attention, giving and loving by way of the internet.
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