A story has emerged this week from Pakistan, detailing how a 13-year-old boy was kidnapped in the city of Karachi after being lured into a meeting via Facebook. Thankfully the teenager was rescued by police, but unfortunately kidnappings by militants and criminals are commonplace in Pakistan.
Police reports say that the boy was the victim of a gang masquerading as an online gaming friend, and convinced the 13-year-old to meet up after contacting him through Facebook. While in this case the boy was rescued, his mother hopes that this will serve as a warning to others:
“This is my request to all the parents to never let their children make friendship on Facebook. I beg you for God’s sake that you never do.”
Trying to be watchful over your children’s internet activities without invading their privacy can be a very difficult line to tread. However, at SocialSafe we believe that the best way to protect your children from some of the dangers that lurk online is to be open and honest with them, working together to establish boundaries and agree on what can be monitored and in what manner.
We’ve also pulled together 10 essential tips to ensure your child’s online safety into one pdf that parents especially may find helpful. Download it here.