Instant messaging (IM) is the technology that allows two people to share their thoughts in real time with others as if they were actually in the same room. But, with so many people on the internet, how many of them know about the dangers of IM?
Imagine that you are at work or at school. You decide to IM someone to ask them about their homework. However, when you start talking, there’s no conversation. No words come out of your mouth, no action. Just pauses and long silences. Then, after a while, out of the blue, your friend replies to you, but only says hello. And you’re shocked, because you’ve asked them to IM you and they’ve done it only to find out that they can’t.
For as long as anyone can remember, instant messaging and other online activities have been abused by stalkers, to the point where society has created a new name to identify this specific type of behavior, known as cyberstalking. In other words, people who want to know everything about you or who want to know when you’re online. They try to get as much information as they can about you in the time that you’re vulnerable.
It’s really hard to believe that this can happen so easily because of how easy and quick communications can be. Your so-called friend knows that you can easily give out your information, and so, he or she decides to trust you, too. Then, he or she decides to give you some information about yourself for the “craving” that you’ve asked for. Things like where you live, what your phone number is, what your address is. The list goes on, and while this information is still considered private, it can still be used against you in various ways.
So, what can you do to protect yourself from these chats? The first thing is to increase your level of awareness. There are things that you can do on purpose, in order to protect yourself from the threats that pop up on your screen every now and then.
The most obvious way is to ignore the messages that you don’t want to hear. This is probably the most obvious solution to the problem, but it’s going to cost you a lot of time. There are people that will text right back, after they hit “reply”. This can be seen as an encouragement to the stalker, because you know that he will get back to you. This simple act lets him know that you are not interested in talking with him and that you will report him to the authorities if he keeps bothering you.
There are some other simple things that you can do to keep yourself safe. Do not let your mind go slow during these times. constant thought things like these can lead to a state of anxiety that can put you in danger. It’s important to stay alert and aware about your surroundings at all times. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Look around, and pay attention to everything that’s going on. If you see anybody that’s acting strangely, call the police or the FBI.
The world knows that you need to be trained, but how do you train yourself to be a positive influence on your children? What do you tell them about? What do you tell them about? what do you feel like them to do? These are the things that you need to focus on.
You need to tell your children about dangers that can affect their lives and what you can do to avoid them. They need to know about the online dangers, but you cannot ever tell them about the real dangers. Tell them about the dangers of ticks, of worms, of innocent frauds. Implement safety measures now, to avoid the dangers that they will face once they become online.
You cannot allow them to take part in the fun without having to be aware of the dangers that they can encounter. You cannot allow them to give themselves away without using safety precautions. It is important to monitor your kids now, so that you will be able to catch them before they acknowledge any danger. There are hidden dangers that may cause them harm. Internet dangers are not the only ones that they have to be aware of.
Remind your child of the fact that the internet is a strange and wonderful place where they can explore without supervision. But, with all of the potential dangers, there are also keys to safely unlocked doors. If your child is determined to explore the web, make sure that she is aware of the many ways that could harm her. These dangers include Viruses, spam, trojans, malicious activity and many more.
Make sure that they know that while they can explore the web, they should not visit the sites that carry malicious activities. Viruses are all too common when you tend to visit unsecured sites. Completely scan the files before opening them, that’s one of the best ways to protect your child. Because while instant messaging is a big danger for those who aren’t being cautious, it is only one small piece of the puzzle in terms of the internet and the connected world we now live in.