"My Child Was groomed online"

A Real Parents Story

"MY CHILD HAS BEEN TALKING TO STRANGERS ONLINE​"

A real parent's Story

iKydz spoke with a parent who has experienced first hand the trauma of online grooming. 

For obvious reasons the parent and their child’s identity will be kept anonymous. 

This parent is telling their story as they wish to inform other parents about the dangers of online games and chat rooms and the importance of Internet Parental Controls. 

Listen to tips from this parent on how to keep your child safe online.

"I discovered my child was being groomed online by a sexual predator"

The situation

The parent tells iKydz how she discovered that her child was being groomed online. She discusses how her child was given a laptop for their birthday and how their whole personality took a turn after this. The child was found to have inappropriate content on their laptop.

Personality change

Parent X tells iKydz that she noticed her child’s personality was changing dramatically. From being a very open and loving child to becoming extremely closed off, aggressive and nasty towards her, their siblings and at school.  

She mentions how she began to check the internet usage and it seemed to be sky rocketing, despite removing all devices at night time. 

secrecy

This brave parent tells iKydz how their child became very secretive and would go into their room to and close the doors, would not engage in general conversation and overall became very reclusive. 

What happened?

Parent X discusses how her child’s behavioural changes had sparked huge concerns with her. This coupled with the fact her child had asked her questions of a very adult nature had her extremely concerned. However it wasn’t until she realised that her child had been sneaking onto the Internet during the night that she started to piece this very scary scenario together. This parent tells us how she is now using iKydz Parental Controls to stay safe online.

The discovery

She had heard from a relative that her child was very tired due to spending time online all night. Once she had heard this, she barged into the child’s room to find them actively engaging in chat with a stanger online. The content that the parent discovered was deeply inappropriate for a child, extremely sexual and disturbing. This predator had gained the trust of the child by pretending to be a real world 13 year old while playing games online. The sexual predator then moved the chat over to social network sites to chat more “privately”

The reality

Parent X told iKydz that her child has been in counselling for over a year now. This child personal information had been exposed online and the child had been so psychologically damaged from this online grooming they began to shake excessively when their parent discovered what was going on. It is only now that the child is beginning to realise what has happened.  

Peace of mind

Parent X was referred to iKydz by their local police station. The police stated how important it is to have maximum privacy settings enabled and how parental controls need to be implemented into every household. Once she contacted us, we done everything in our power to give her Internet peace of mind in her home. She now keeps her kids safe online with iKydz. She reads iKydz blog posts to keep her up to date on all the latest apps and games that parents should be aware of. She has the peace of mind that these dangerous games are not welcome into her home ever again. 

You can listen to the full podcast with Parent X below. 

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