Signs That a Pedophile May Be Talking to Your Child Online

If you are worried that your child may be speaking with a predator on the internet, there are a few key signs that you can watch for. If you have parental control software installed on your computer, this article will provide you with a list of questions to watch for adults asking your children. While these questions may seem innocent at first, if several of them occur together, or if they occur in the right context, it may be a sign that an adult is targeting your child. As a parent, it’s important to know what to watch for, and this article will teach you just that.

First, let’s discuss the obvious questions that should raise eyebrows. If someone asks your child to “go private”, and it is not someone a child knows, this may be a sign that an adult is targeting them. For example, if your child is in a chat room, a form, or on an instant messaging program, and someone they don’t know propositions them to go to a private chat room, this may be a sign of trouble. Private messages such as Instant Messenger, text messaging, or direct messages, are not available to the general public. Another obvious sign that your child is being propositioned is if someone offers them a modeling job or way to earn money fast. These offers often lead to child prostitution or child pornography.

Other clues to watch for include a multitude of personal questions. If someone knew suddenly shows up on the Internet and begins asking about your child’s favorite bands, movies, pets, or family, it could be a sign that they are trying to gain inside information about your child. This information can then be used to offer a gift that will encourage your child to meet the perpetrator in person, such as movie or concert tickets. Be sure to warn your child of the danger of disclosing personal information, as well as the hazards of accepting gifts from strangers.

Pedophiles also regularly try to build emotional rapport with children. They do this in a variety of ways, such as appealing to the child’s emotions, sympathizing with them, or commiserating with them on how awful their parents are. By doing this, the adult is able to quickly form a sympathetic relationship with the child. This is obviously extremely dangerous territory. After the perpetrator gets to know your child, and has convinced them that they can be trusted, they will begin asking for more personal information such as full names, addresses, and phone numbers.

When monitoring your child’s Internet usage, trust your gut. If you feel that a series of questions is out of line, be sure to ask your child about the context. Remind them that they can come and talk to you at any time if they feel uncomfortable about a conversation that they’ve had on the Internet. Remind them that you can only help them if you know what is going on. If after monitoring your parental control software logs you find a disturbing pattern of behavior, don’t be hesitant about reporting it to the local law enforcement agency. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Have a great day!

Lawrence