Tips to keep you and your family safe online When communicating with someone you do not know in real life, you should be cautious of some common tactics used by online predators to win your trust and create a false sense of security. The following are examples of what is called “grooming” Does the person you’re chatting with. Make you feel ‘special’ Give you excessive compliments? Make promises of gifts and/or money? Make you believe that they understand you like no one else does? Say you are the only one for them – that no one else matters? Offer you ‘real love’ or say you are their ‘soul mate?’ Seem to have everything in common with you? Make you feel bad if you are not available to chat?
• 63 % of youth suicides
• 85% of violent crimes, including rape
• 71% of school dropouts
• 75% of chemical abuse patients
• 83% of youth in prison
Seeing and hearing the news and what goes on in your community… this makes you think about the influence of the Father. Fatherless children today need a positive mentor in their lives. Even if you are a Father with your own children… there is room for more love and guidance to someone who has no male influence in their life. We need more men to stand up and be a mentor and teach other children how to treat others in today’s society. There are two men that come to mind that are Making A Difference in lives of youth today. While these are only two of the programs that I will mention, I know of many more I challenge you to get involved with.
Television is no longer the main media source to consume our children. It is now joined by computers, video game players, cell phones, etc. The result is that children today are completely immersed in media experiences from a very young age. Parents and policymakers today are having a difficult time in regulating the impact these experiences have on our children long term.
So how does a Dad or any parent connect with their children today that does not involve media?