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Industry IT Water-Cooler for Power-Users:
Online Predators
 
Posted 101 days ago on 4/5/2020
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The concept of online predators refers to the existence of threats to vulnerable groups that use internet services. 

 A blog topic from Adrian.D's Blog

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The concept of online predators refers to the existence of threats to vulnerable groups that use internet services. Malicious online service users search for the persons they can involve in the activities such as illegal sex, drugs, or human trafficking, as well as commit other illegal harm while furthering their idiosyncratic interests. All users are exposed to some degree of insecurity, but there are the minors that are especially vulnerable to online harm. In this regard, predators utilize online services to reach the easy targets such as children, whom they may lure and trap in dangerous schemes. The following paper explores the issue of online predators by highlighting the need for parents’ active participation in protecting their children from online attackers. Moreover, the paper argues that parents can make their children’s online activities safer by monitoring their internet undertakings, and educating them about the possible harm of online interaction known from research paper services.

Online Predator

The use of internet services by children directly connects them not only with family members and friends, but also with total strangers. The innocent children can be put at high risk due to the interactions with the latter, whose motive they do not know. At the same time, online predators can gain easy and unidentified contact with children online, and further perform various clandestine activities without any limitations.

Persons with malicious intentions often use fictitious accounts or identities to reach the prospective victims. The logic behind such actions is to cover themselves from possible criminal investigations, as well as keep the targeted prey away from negative speculations. Sometimes predators may even use the incentives such as presents and the promises of rosy relationship to succeed in their plan of further possible exploitation. It should also be noted that most of online crimes are committed by the teenagers seeking adventure and self-realization. They are sometimes ruthless in their activities and prone to committing crimes. Young people can easily engage in the acts such as sending their nude pictures and asking for the same, which eventually leads to addiction tendency and exploitation by the predator.

Online sex predators tend to lure girls and boys into sexual activities. The victims are enticed by sexual texts, images, and videos that assist in capturing and gaining control over them. Once the targeted persons are hooked by the predator, they are manipulated to meet the malicious goals. In this regard, secrecy among the young people is the most dangerous aspect that makes it complicated for the society to save them from online attacks, especially when what they engage in is unlawful or morally unacceptable.

Combating Online Predators

It is possible to address the problem with online hunters through proper sensitization of the vulnerable groups about the dangers they may encounter when online. The knowledge of the Internet use and its risks is rather practical for cushioning them from avoidable predators. Sex offenders who engage in the acts of sodomy, rape, and sex slavery roam online to establish contact, groom, or even meet their victims in reality. The spirit of adventure among the young makes them susceptible to internet crimes, thus there is the importance of the awareness among them of the potential threats of online engagements with strangers.

The youngsters need to familiarize themselves with the proper application of passwords and locks to protect against hackers, who may steal private information and use it to lure victims into illegal activities. Predators are also known to perform the acts of blackmail to terrorize and control their targets. Children who provide a stranger with their nude photos expose themselves to intimidation, and the threat to disclose such information to parents or public can send the victim into enslavement by the predator. With this respect, the young people ought to avoid getting involved in such clandestine activities for their own safety.

Through sufficient enlightenment regarding this issue, the societal view of how serious online crimes are can be transformed, hence triggering consciousness of parents and children on the safe use of the Internet. Parents need the strategies to safeguard their children. The secrecy of online activities by the young people is dangerous, thus it is imperative for parents to know what children do online. Cultivating a friendly relation with minors is helpful to monitor their private activities. Children will easily share all information about the new things they discover with a person they trust and fell free to talk to than with a quarrelsome guardian. Therefore, parents should be open to their children to learn more about their private activities.

Limitation on Private Information Sharing Online

There is a need for control and limitation of private information that can be shared online. The presence and use of searchable user’s profiles in Instant Messaging, chat rooms, and social media profiles enables the predators to easily gather information on potential victims. Most of the young people share personal information with the public, not considering the risks that they are exposing themselves to, and the persons who can access such data. However, private information ought to be controlled to avoid overexposure of the users. For example, personal contact information should have limited access or kept private, since predators gather data such as address and residential place of the potential victims from online searches. The movements and the activities of the person who is very active on social media forums can also be tracked for the benefit of the online predators.

The Internet facilitates robust interaction among persons who have never met before, and the crimes such as illegal sex with the minors are among the negative effects of online communication. Deceitful adults prey on the young and innocent girls and boys, who are lured through enticement and coercion to engage in illegal sexual activities. Furthermore, such communication facilitates underage prostitution in nightclubs and pubs. Girls from underprivileged families are attracted into sex slavery with the promises of good jobs, money, and other goodies.

In addition, trafficking of girls for commercial sex is also related to the use of the Internet. The predators search the profile picture of the potential victims to identify their target before approaching them with the aim of sexual immorality. An underage girl who innocently posts her full profile and pictures online provides information for prospective predators. In the case when a stranger starts engaging with an individual online, caution is advisable. Maintaining distance and avoiding any insecure meeting with the person one encountered online can help to prevent predators from fulfilling their goals.

Children from poor backgrounds are most vulnerable to sex predators. The compromising financial situation of their families and the lack of proper control leaves them at risk of being involved into illicit activities. Internet technology expands freedoms and the level of interactions in the society, complicating the process of children’s interaction monitoring. Moreover, in the modern world, parent spend less time than before with the young ones thus enhancing the danger of predators taking advantage of their vulnerabilities. As the Internet keeps advancing, online pillagers and hunters continue to be more efficacious in their activities.

Control of Internet Access and Use among Children

Extra care from parents and guardians is essential in protecting the minors from misuse of the Internet. Certain control over the usage of online service is advisable to prevent predation on children by the anonymous potential online criminals. Parents and guardians should monitor and control children’s use of the Internet, offer instructions and advice on what kind of information they can make public, and prevent them from accessing adult sites. Imparting proper knowledge on the risks involved with online communication into children is the best deterrence tool to combat internet predators. Parents, learning institutions, the church, and general society should create awareness of the internet crimes and dangers that the users are exposed.

Three primary steps concern operationalizing the sensitization of children about the dangers of online activities. However, it is sensible to provide parents with such information first. Media, churches, and community-based organization should be the agents of informing and enlightening the society about internet use and its dangers. In this respect, schools and the general public are a target for information dissemination. Additionally, the young people must report to parents or guardians any cases of strange persons trying to contact them maliciously. In this respect, they will be trained to understand what entails suspect and danger while engaging online. Finally, parents must pay attention and monitor children’s access and the use of the Internet, as well as limit the time spent on the Internet to reduce the chances of vulnerability.

Informing the children about the dangers of online interaction is likely to yield many benefits. First, combating online predation on the minors is paramount in protecting children from harm, preventing them from reaching and being injured by malicious people. Second, children are allowed healthy growth, devoid of social stress and distraction thus contributing to their success in education and other activities. Lastly, the cases of online crime activities are reduced when the potential victims are protected.

When properly implemented, it is expected that within the first two months, children will be more sensitive to online activities and that they will be in a position to discern good intentioned individuals from ill-intentioned ones. Furthermore, it is expected that parents will continuously monitor the activities that their children’s engagement in the Internet so that they can protect them from online predators.

The implementation of the solution demands human and monetary resources, as well as time. There will also be the need to involve experts in social matters and technology to help in enlightening the society about what the challenges posed by online predators and how the society an deal with them.

The proposed solution is expected to be cost effective, as it will cost much less than the current methods used to combat online predators. The use of social media and the mainstream media such as national televisions to publicize the program will cost approximately $50,000 during the first year. This sum will reduce during the subsequent years due to the increased publicity this strategy will have gained.

The issue of online predators is rather complex challenge in the modern society that demands concerted efforts among all stakeholders. Parents are the key players in providing safety of their children. Educating the young regarding the risks involved with online interaction, strict controls from parents, and the proper use of securities are some of the viable solutions to online attacks and predation on the minors. Parents can sufficiently control and protect their children from malicious Internet actors through close monitoring of their online engagements and the limitation of time they can access such service. Proper sensitization of the young people and the entire society regarding the dangers of online interaction is advisable in preventing predators from succeeding in their illegal internet activities. Parents and guardians need to establish close relations with their children for easy identification and prevention of any deviant and risky behavior that may emerge among them.


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