Some Internet Luring Flags
If your child...
- is obsessed with computer activity
- has none or only a few friends - seems to spend all his/her spare time on the computer
- shows noticeable changes in character and behaviour
- appears secretive and non-communicative regarding computer met friends and activities
- seems unusually preoccupied with chat room communications
- appears sheepish and uncooperative when asked about computer activities
- changes the screen or shuts off the computer when an authority figure enters the room
- receives questionable mail, e-mail, gifts, packages
- receives excessive telephone calls from adults or friends not known well to the family
- requests photos to be taken of self and scanned by computer to send to friends
- changes the style of dress suddenly and uncharacteristically
- seems to dress to look older, and perhaps more seductive
- downloads offensive materials found by parent, such as: pornography
Approach your child and discuss your concerns. Your approach will determine your success in determining their activities or the nature of the way they respond.
It's your child's safety! Be alert, be informed.
Source: Government of Canada
"Canadian law criminalizes luring a child over the Internet. It is an offence to use a computer system, such as the Internet, to communicate with a young person for the purpose of facilitating the commission of a sexual or abduction offence against that young person. This offence carries a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment, on indictment and six months imprisonment on summary conviction."