What is Cyber Grooming and how to protect your kids from it?
Nowadays everyone is crazy about social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Twitter, especially it has a lot of craze among teenage boys and girls. In today’s post, we will know about Cyber Grooming being the most common cybercrime on social networking sites, what is Cyber Grooming and how to protect your children from it?
Children are falling prey to online grooming to get more likes on their photos on social networking sites. Cybercriminals are provoking them and getting their obscene pictures or videos and based on this blackmail is being done. In blackmailing too, instead of money, children are asked for their obscene pictures or videos. After this, these videos and pictures are sold to pornographic websites for child pornography. According to a survey, more than 40 percent of videos uploaded on different websites for child pornography are the result of online grooming.
What is Cyber Grooming?
Cyber grooming is one of the major cyber threats faced by children and adolescents which is increasing continuously. It is a practice where a person forms an emotional bond with children through social media or messaging platforms to gain their trust for sexual abuse.
Cyber groomers use platforms like gaming websites, social media, email chat rooms, instant messaging to lure children and teenagers into their trap. Many of us do not even realize that we are falling prey to Online Grooming? An online groomer can be a known person, relative or unknown person whom we met online on a social media site.
They use different tactics to get their photos and videos from the children. Have obscene conversations with them, send nude photos or videos of themselves, and ask the other person to do the same. Apart from this, they get nude on the webcam and ask the child to do the same and make a recording when the child is nude. It is not necessary that if you are a man then only a man will do this work. Women are also in this work. Due to this, people of the opposite sex are easily trapped.
Initially, cyber groomers may offer you compliments, gifts, modeling jobs, and later they may start sending obscene messages, pictures, or videos asking you to share your sexual images or videos with them too.
Online groomers target Teenager boys and girls because they do not have much knowledge about cybercrime and hence they easily fall into their trap. The impulsive and inquisitive nature of teenagers makes them vulnerable to online grooming to engage in online activities.
Cyber grooming has a profound impact on a child’s physical, emotional as well as psychological well-being. It not only affected his academic performance but also his daily life to a great extent. The devastating effects of online grooming can sometimes be long-term and can even haunt the victim into their adulthood.
Are You Also Worried About Cyber Grooming? So don’t worry you can use the internet and mobile technology without any fear. You just need to be careful to protect yourself and your child against cyber grooming and safety needs to be followed.
How to protect yourself from becoming a victim of Cyber Grooming?
Online groomers use various methods to trap children. They lie very cleverly, so it’s hard to know if they’re your online friends or hooked up to you for sexual videos or photos. However, in general, there are some ways in which it can be found that there is an online groomer in front of you.
Do not accept the friendship request of any unknown person on the social media platform.
Never share your personal information such as Date of Birth Phone Number with anyone on social media platforms. By going to the Privacy Setting of Social Media, you can select who can see your post on social media.
Be alert when your chat partner praises you for your beauty in a short time from your acquaintance.
Avoid talking to people who ask you questions about your physical or sexual experiences. You can ask the person to stop asking you such questions, you feel uncomfortable. If they continue to do the same, notify your parents immediately.
Don’t talk to people who ask you to share your erotic photos or videos. If you share your erotic photo or video with someone, the person may share these photos with others or post them on social media. Or they can even blackmail you.
Avoid making video calls with an unknown person on social media.
Never install Unwanted Software or Application like Dating App, Online Game from Unknown Source on your mobile or computer.
What can you do if you are a victim of cyber grooming?
If you are a Victim of Cyber Grooming, the tips given below can help manage the situation.
Inform your parents/Elders Immediately
If you are being harassed on social media, then immediately inform your parents about it. Never think that if you share it with your parents, then they will ban using your computer, mobile, never think that. It is important to inform them so that they can help and guide you in time. Explain the whole matter clearly to your parents.
Identify the Cyber Groomer
Try to find out if the bully is someone you know or a stranger and why he is bothering you. You can enlist the help of your parents or friends to reach out to the bully and ask him to stop the bully.
Block the Cyber Groomer
If the person harassing you is using social media, then you can block him. Facility to block any user is available on all social media platforms.
Collect and Save Post/Message
If Cyber Groomer is posting or messaging you on social media against you, then save those posts and messages safely with you for Evidence so that you can take legal action against him.
Never Respond to a Bully Aggressively
If you receive any kind of message or post on a social site that can make you angry, then do not reply to any such post or message.
Contact Local Police
If he is harassing you despite your repeated confessions and you receive messages or posts related to threatening, threatening, or intimidating you on social sites, then go to the nearest police station and file a First Information Report.