"Most acts of sexual violence against children occur in their own homes by people whom those children trust." Boyd's research reveals that the majority of kids who partake in risky behaviors online -- interacting with strangers in private chat rooms, offering details about themselves on random sites, even arranging to meet unfamiliar people face-to-face -- are often the same children who are most at-risk offline, too.
The simplest approach to avoid this problem is to continue to use the Facebook app but not use the in-app browser.
Your seventh-grade son wants to join a social network to swap skateboarding tips with his pals.
Your daughter in high school doesn't hang out at the mall with her girlfriends like you once did -- she's too busy posting selfies with them on Instagram. Is it a good idea to instill your fears in your kids about the dangers of sexual predators on the Internet, and the possibility of permanently writing their adolescent wrongs, searchable forever, online?
"A central challenge in addressing the sexual victimization of children is …
facing the reality that strangers are unlikely perpetrators," Boyd says.