The young, the naive and the predators

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The internet is it’s own little world where people can escape from the reality of their everyday lives, like in any world there is always a dark side. Linking back to the subject of online privacy no one really knows how safe they actually are on the internet and what kinds of people are looking at their social media accounts; which is why internet safety is an important topic of discussion, you never know for sure what kind of people are on the internet and what they are capable of; even know all this may seem obvious for someone more mature but for young children it isn’t so obvious.

Sadly for some their naivety is fatal, Breck Bednar was one of these people who wasn’t aware of such dangers. Breck who was 14 at the time of his murder had no idea of the dangers of online predators and was befriended by Lewis Daynes (aged 18) who he thought was his best friend, but Lewis’s one priority was to find a victim through various gaming platforms. Even if you think you know someone online you will never know their full intentions; especially if they’re a stranger you have never met. People have become more aware of this over the years because of these types of crimes.

Facebook is a big platform where a lot of people do not care or are not aware when it comes to how much information can be shared around for all kinds of people to see, I see a lot of young children have no filter about what they post, some even posting their phone numbers and addresses. There are thousands of predators who scroll through such sites to try manipulate the young and naive, these children are willingly posting information without privacy not thinking who could potentially see it.

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3 Comments

  1. I think this is such a worrying issue. In my opinion, classes on online privacy should be taught from a younger age, even primary school as the age of children venturing online freely is becoming lower and lower. I have young family members and it’s scary to think they could be at risk. The internet is such a dangerous place, even for us who are more ‘internet-savvy’, as outspoken teenagers, we sometimes forget to shield and protect information about our lives online – I find Twitter is especially risky as it’s so easy to have small conversations with your friends are forget that potential future employees or indeed these online predators, might be able to view them.

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    • I agree completely! Especially children being taught at a younger age. I’ve spoken to my younger sister who is 5 years young than me and she has never been taught such things throughout her school life. I’ve been in situations years ago with friends talking to random strangers online, even offering to meet up not knowing who they actually are and their intentions which is scary.

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  2. The Internet is a great tool – it allows one to interact with his friends and without it all of us would be sitting in the library at university. Yet with all the online communities growing rapidly people become a bit too friendly and opened, carelessly accepting friend invitations and engaging in conversations with strangers. The case you used as an example is terrible but it shows the possible consequences. But I believe this trend (?) to be friends with everyone is mostly common at the age of 12-14 when young teenagers are too naive foolishly trusting anyone. I wasn’t any better myself, I even met some of the people in real life. Luckily nothing happened to me and some of them are good friends now; however, this still wasn’t the wisest decision of mine.

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