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How To Protect Your Child From Online Sex Predators

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BARK industry’s Sloane Ryan recently published a chilling investigative article on what it’s like to be an 11-year-old on the internet today. The article which quickly went viral prompted the question: how do I protect my child from online predators?

As an African parent, you might feel that this doesn’t concern you because it hasn’t been investigated here. However, cybercrimes are universal and child predators exist everywhere.

Why You Need To Protect Your Child From Online Predators

I joined Facebook when I graduated from secondary school and started becoming aware of the digital space. Though I dropped the occasional photo, I wasn’t active on the platform. By the time I became active, I was in my early 20’s and a little bit more discerning. The main story here is that the day I decided to clear unread messages that had piled up over the years, I was in shock at some of the propositions I had received.

My age and pictures were up, and these people knew I was underage. Considering how impressionable teenage years are, what would have happened if I engaged?

For most Millenials and Generation Z (those born in the late 90s – 2000s), owning or using a mobile phone is totally normal. In fact, we have been so merged with digital devices that it’s hard to separate our lives from it. It’s required in some schools, needed for assignments, and serves as a portable office.

Also, phones are so cheap these days, with N5,000 you can purchase an internet-enabled phone and a SIM card. Kids as young as 8 years old can easily access the Internet and are increasingly adept at multiplayer games and social media sites like Instagram and Tik-Tok where these predators lurk. If adults face cyber harassment, how much more kids?

Steps to safeguard your child from online predators

So, what can you do as a parent to protect them? My first knee jerk reaction is to say “No phones till they are 18” but common sense tells me it’s unrealistic. Here are more realistic and actionable steps that can be applied:

Find apps that can monitor your child’s presence online
There are free and paid parental monitoring apps available on Android and iPhone app stores. These will enable you to set some restrictions and supervise your kids’ activities online. In addition, you can set an alert for certain phrases used by harassers.

Speak to them about signs they should be wary of
Based on the report, there are certain phrases used by these predators, including asking children to consider them as just an “internet boyfriend”. Have a talk with your kids about securing their pages and being careful about friend requests.

Have agreed times for using these devices
Set specific times they can use these devices. Depending on their age, you can insist that it should not be used without supervision.

All passwords must be public
You should be aware of the passwords they use. Also, develop a system to create secure passwords that they can remember but will be tough for hackers.

There must be permissions before downloading a new app
Before they download any new app, they should ask for permission first. As a Parent, you should test run these apps and research how safe they are before they can use them

List of apps you can use to monitor your child’s activity online

Here is a list of parental monitoring apps available on app stores.

Google Family Link for parents
The Family Link app lets you set rules on using the Internet that can guide them as they explore online. It also recommends apps that are safe for your kids to use.

Bark
This app detects messages containing cyberbullying, sexting, signs of depression or suicidal thoughts, and many others — without you having to spend hours reading your child’s messages. Bark supports dozens of popular social media platforms, along with email, and Android/iOS text messaging. This app helps a parent to manage their Bark.us account, including reviewing potential issues, adding children, and connecting accounts. You can find it on Google Play and Apple stores.

Qustodio
The free version of is one of the most comprehensive parental control apps around. It enables you to set rules and time schedules, block pornography and other unsuitable content. For more features, you have to purchase a paid version.

Kidlogger
The Kidlogger is very good at tracking what your children type and the websites they visit. In addition, there’s a voice-activated sound recorder which can inform you who they have conversations with online. For older kids, you can select what to monitor that would not intrude on their privacy.

OpenDNS FamilyShield
The FamilyShield is a free service owned by OpenDNS. It automatically blocks domains that OpenDNS has flagged under the headings “tasteless, proxy/anonymizer, sexuality, or pornography”. Besides using it on PCs and mobile devices, you can also apply it to your network router and filter all the traffic that passes through it.

Spyrix free keylogger
Though Keyloggers are often used by crooks to capture passwords, the Spyrix Free Keylogger helps you see exactly what your kids are doing on the internet.

Kaspersky safe kids
The Kaspersky Safe Kids app is parental control software for all devices – desktop and mobile – with both free and paid-for versions. The free option has a filtering option so your kids can’t see inappropriate content online. You can also manage their app time use. For more features like a battery and location tracker, you will need to get the paid version.

Is it going to be easy to protect a child from online predators?

It might be easier to apply these steps to children than teenagers. Particularly because they might feel you are intruding on their privacy. So if you are concerned about this, for young adults from 16 above, only set alerts for certain words and not to completely have access. Also, equipping your child with skills for the digital age is necessary, but keeping them safe at this time is also important.

This article was originally published on Africaparent.com

Ike Ani is a Freelance writer whose quest constantly is to relate happenings around the world to human daily living. He's also a song writer and singer, Acoustic Guitarist, and Teacher.

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3 Ways African Teens Are Wrongly Exposed To Live Porn

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The topic of porn is really a sensitive one in Africa.  When you talk about sex openly,  most adults (even married ones) frown at you as though they despise it.  The rate at which young Africans are porn conscious is alarming and calls for some reforms.

In this post,  we shall be considering some fast trending mediums that has exposed live porn for easy viewing to African Teenagers.

1. Movies:

These days,  most movie makers are just way too raw with nude scenes,  sex scenes in movies. In a movie rated 15, you would see a young woman unclad head to toe with her breasts being showed off on screen and guess what,  a teenager below 18+ is watching.  This has messed up the sexuality structures of many young ones in Africa that most of them daily seek for some  sexually experience way too early and end up messing up their lives before they’re 25years of age.

Movies made these days have done more harm than good across Africa.  Even minors now know how to simulate sex by virtue of too much displays of it on TV stations all in the name of movie shows.

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Hushpuppi Misused His Cyber-Security Skills And Became A Criminal (READ THIS)

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For a week now, Hushpuppi has been trending on social media especially within the Nigerinan cyber space where his lifestyle was seemingly a role model for some young peeps. Millions follow him on Instagram and regarded him as a celebrity.

Hushpuppi trended most of the time because he found it very safe and easy to flaunt his wealth on social media. All his shopping and properties were post threads to those who cared always to follow up with his activities on social media.

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While Hush was doing all this, he never knew he was being watched on a radar for some time now. That is not even the onus of this post. Hush’s wealth source was questioned by many but a large number of his wealth-blinded followers regarded such questions as posts born out of hate and jealousy.

Hush due to the fame he attracted to himself on social media at some point began beefing Nigerian musicians like Phyno and Timaya. The beef lasted for some months and Phyno’s song “Telli Person” which encourages individuals on working legit is right now the song many use while mocking Hush on his arrest by the interpol in Dubai.

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HUSHPUPPI’S SKILLS OF HACKING AND CREATING PHISHING PAGES ONLINE

While many have expressed shock at the details that pointed out that Hush has scammed about 1.9 Million victims worldwide and made about N168 Billion (Naira) from defrauding them, many shy away from what would have become of Hush if he had used his skills positively in the society he found himself.

Probably, Hush did not see using the skills in a positive way as an important thing to do but rather chose the path to destruction. Most scammers always get caught in their own web after greed must have driven them into setting up a syndicate for scamming people of their hard earned money.

Reports showed that Hush and his team would create fake landing pages for payments for different financially related websites for making certain kinds of payments and hence divert funds to their own accounts. Doing this is a heck of a job.

This skill is not a day’s job. It takes weeks to achieve. This is why making use of it in a positive way should have been Hush’s desire but the negative was his choice.

If he had shared these loopholes he and his team used in scamming people for years, maybe he would have been earning well and living a decent, crime-free like as his cyber-security career will be skyrocketing by the day. But, greed ate his conscience and landed him in big international trouble.

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Hushpuppi with Benjamin Mendy

Many back in Nigeria desired to be like Hushpuppi without knowing what exactly he does to make money but i guess they will soften their pedals now and make adjustments as regards the lifestyle they choose to go by.

There is no excuse for crime in any part of the world.

Right now in the world, there are about 500,000 – 1,000,000 jobs in the cyber-security job category. So the few who are ripe with cyber security skills should try to get those available jobs instead of behaving like Hushpuppi.

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Ex-Porn Actress Mia Khalifa Gets Mocked

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Ex-porn Actress Mia Khalifa who has turned a new leave after her departure from acting porn films year ago recently got mocked. More worse, there was even a death hoax about her. Severally, she has lamented on how she is always being mocked by internet users.

Mia Khalifa is married now and have decided to live responsibly, abandoning any activities that has to do with being a whore. Recently, there has been some internet trolling against her on twitter when she expressed her displeasure as regards how she is being treated and wrongly condemned and judged by people on the internet and real life.

Mia tweeted:

“That’s kinda mean, I haven’t been a hoe for like 6 years. My hoeness has expired. I’m married and barely get laid”

And just after that, a mean internet troll replied her tweet saying:

“Hoesness never expires 😂”

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While this trolling was ongoing, some other well meaning followers of hers were seen encouraging her to keep staying positive as she has chosen a good path by quitting porn acting.

Well, from all indications, it seems those who are trolling Mia are those fans of hers who miss seeing her on screen acting those filthy porn movies that the enjoy watching and jerking off to.

So, the only way to express how much they hated that she would never appear on screen to their pleasure again was to mock her online.

While the trolling and demeaning comments against Mia keeps rolling in, many others are as well congratulating her on her marriage in the comment section of her earlier tweet:

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Mia’s previous career in the adult Film industry helped her gain a very large number of followers on social media. On the same twitter where she expressed her displeasure, she has about 3.2 Million followers.

One of her porn videos bought her a life threat from ISIS few years ago because she wore a Hijab in a scene which Islamic extremists regarded as a blasphemy against the Islamic religion. Mia is a Lebanese.

Mia Khalifa has used her fame to get herself some good job with sport TV show Hosting and commentary alongside fashion and cloth line marketing to her own credit. She is so good at them as well. This is way better than the Porn industry obviously.

When Mia got married in March 2019, she was so excited and she tweeted about it. Till date, that tweet is pinned on her Twitter timeline as seen below. This simply means that she is happy to have broken free from porn acting career.

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Now that Mia advocates for other young girls to avoid the porn industry, her posts shows how depressing the aftermath of being in the adult film industry can really be. In one of her Instagram posts she said:

“Those 11 videos will haunt me until I die, and I don’t want another girl to go through that – because NO ONE should.” There are those who will argue, “It was her choice to do porn. She should live with the consequences,” but there are two problems with this argument.

One is that the people who say those things have her videos filed on a secret folder on their desktop labeled “business expenses.”

But there is an irony in this whole drama of mocking Mia as she rightly said above. If those mocking her feel it is cool, was it not their pervert nature that led them to watch porn videos where she featured?

So, they too should be mocked for being porn addicts as well. Period!

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