If they know you disapprove, they may attempt to hide it.So educate yourself on the chat lingo they may use to hide their conversations.In order to write an article such as this that is intended to reach the parents of potential victims, I have to be general in my assumptions and sweeping in my aim.I would rather offend you than not get the message out to someone that could prevent a devastating, life altering event for a child.
Because some kids and teens don’t fully understand the dangers of talking to strangers online, they may engage in this behavior.Parents, you need to be aware that truly dangerous apps exist and are readily available to your children.And, if you are reading this as a young person or young adult who thinks I am being condescending, tough.If you ever feel afraid to start conversations with strangers, put the following ideas into practice and ramp up your conversation-starter self-confidence even with the most dour of people. Start by asking them about themselves as connected to the situation. This is fine as some kind of opener, but the conversation could end there if you don't take heed of the next tip.Before approaching your victim - sorry, target - no, err, imminent conversational partner, don't keep nervously looking at them as if they are a small pool at the bottom of a huge dive you're about to take. You're not 'taking the plunge' or risking everything; you're just being sociable. In this way, you initiate conversation by getting them to speak. If we don't light a fire in the right way, it may not take - and it's the same with conversation.And they all had something in common: the same excuse.Just about every man who came to our house said it was the first time he had done something like this and most claimed they really had no intention of having sex with a minor.Kids aren’t talking about encounters with online strangers, but parents need to.If you think your child is safe from online stranger solicitation, you are wrong.But what if the prospect of starting a conversation leaves you feeling weaker at the knees than a jellyfish on stilts? But the fact remains that when you're relaxed and confident, you'll transmit that comfort to the person(s) with whom you're communicating. Fear, especially unnecessary fear, blocks opportunity. If you've always tended to wait until new people start chatting to you, then it may feel overwhelming to reverse that habit. Well, often they fear saying the 'wrong thing', but what does that mean? Hawkins, Information Security Officer Over the past several years, I have been actively speaking to parents, children, tweens, teens, and young adults regarding the dangers of the Internet and social media.I discovered rather quickly that I could not prepare a single set of presentations to use over and over again.Research shows people will likely want to talk to you if you are smiling. Keep it going by asking open questions that require more than a yes/no answer. "Stranger: "Yes..."You: "That's cool...really....." [nervously look at watch]Hopefully, they'll say more than just 'yes'; but just to make sure, ask them a question that opens up the conversation: You: "Jenny chose this place tonight; I really love this bar. "Unless they're totally closed to conversation (in which case, move on; you deserve better), they'll give you a much more detailed response than a yes or no. Imagine watching a James Bond movie that showed our suave super-spy being put on hold for half an hour whilst trying to phone someone at his bank, followed by an hour's shopping in the high street. We don't want all the mundane detail; we want to see the good bits.