Why Chatting with Strangers on Apps is Risky: How to Protect Yourself and Loved Ones

March 17, 2017

There's a growing use of smart phone applications that allow users to chat, find, and add new “friends” The idea of gaining more followers may be appealing, particularly among tweens and teens. But it also provides more opportunity to meet and interact with new people and increase the risk of becoming a target of online predators.

That's why it's always best to get to know and understand the terms of use of any application, and proceed with caution. Here are some useful tips on how to stay safe.

For Teens:

For Parents:

It's important to remember that the apps themselves are not usually dangerous. It's the misuse of apps that can cause serious harm and put you or your children at risk.


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Cigdem Gurz Sor

Very useful information. We have to be attentive while surfing and working in the internet.

Anonymous

there is a crazy person posting about my life online on an anonymous website. he knows about my work experience, education and my family life so that i will disappear forever without my right to post. what can i do in this situation.?

GetCyberSafe

If you are being harassed online, report it to the web administrator. If you feel threatened, contact your local police.

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