Your child spends large amounts of time, especially at night
Most children who fall victims to offenders spend large amounts of time online, particularly at night, and especially in chat rooms. Offenders typically use the internet during the night to find and seduce their targets.
You find pornography on your child’s computer
Pornography is often used in the sexual victimization of children. Offenders often send them materials with pornographic content as a means of opening sexual discussions and for seduction.
Excessive use of phone
Your child spends too much time on the phone with a person you do not know or talks to him on the phone late at night. Offenders often employ phones to arrange meetings with your children.
Your child receives gifts from someone you do not know
While socializing with your child, the offender may send to your childletters, pictures, and tickets to various events, and gifts which can be quite expensive.
Your child hides what he/she has been doing on the computer quickly
Your child turns the computer monitor off or quickly changes the screen on the monitor in order to hide something. Children looking at pornographic images or having inappropriate conversations do not want their parents to see it on the screen.
Changes in behaviour – for instance, your child becomes withdrawn from the family
Offenders, who want to exploit children, will work very hard to convince them that their parents aren’t always right, in order to create a wedge between a child and their parents or other family members. They will accentuate any problems that children have at home so that the children feel isolated from their family. Under the influence of the offenders, children may also become withdrawn after sexual victimization.
Your child is using different online profiles
Children use on-line accounts belonging to someone else. Even if your child now has an account of his/her own, offenders will create another computer account for more private communication between the offender and your child. This way, they will be able to arrange meetings in person.