The media are constantly presenting horror stories about young teens being lured off the internet from social media networks, teen chat rooms or dating sites into compromising positions by pedophiles and sex traffickers.Unfortunately these types of events are not just stories they really happen and young teen internet users are at the greatest risk.
We know this is a tactic that many offenders use to gain the trust of a young person quickly.
It’s much harder for your child to think critically about someone if they’re inundated with ‘likes’ or compliments about how sexy or talented they are.
If you suffer from a serious mental illness it is important you seek help from a healthcare professional If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.
When chatting online it is a brand new world, thanks to the internet.
If you suspect you, or a friend is facing a mental health challenge seek help.
The sooner a problem is addressed, the more effective the treatment can be. However, it is not intended to be a substitute for professional therapy.
They may try to trick a young person into believing that they are trustworthy, that they are a friend or they may even pretend that they are the same age.
Many popular dating apps allow the user to share their location or chat to people in their area – this increases the potential for a ‘real-life’ meeting.
The stress and pressure that is placed on today’s youth put them at risk for a variety of mental health disorders including: depression, anxiety, ADHD, self-harm, eating disorders and more.
Additionally, drug and alcohol abuse in the teenage years can lead to negative changes in a still developing brain.
It’s also not as awkward to flirt with people online as it is in school corridors!