Becoming a parent means accepting a life that revolves around your child. You strive to teach them everything you can, make them feel loved, and keep them safe. With the current environment, it’s no surprise parental fears are running at a high.
A recent survey found five common fears that parents have for their children:
- Accident: 30% fear their child could be hurt
- Attacked: 25% worry someone could hurt or attack their child
- Unsafe: 23% fear their child won’t feel safe in the world
- Abducted: 14% worry their child could be abducted or kidnapped
- Bullied: 8% worry their child could be bullied
Are Parents’ Biggest Fears Founded?
Unfortunately, many are. Child accidents can occur frequently, and the possibility of children being attacked is increasingly concerning as well. Homicide is actually more responsible for deaths among 10-24 year-olds than cancer, heart disease, flu and pneumonia, respiratory diseases, strokes and diabetes combined. Bullying is additionally quite pervasive and has been linked to serious mental health consequences in victims.
How to Keep Kids Safe
While accidents are unpredictable and harder to prepare for, there are ways to keep your children safe from violence, predators and cyberbullies through people search.
Keep Kids Safe From Strangers
Sadly, after large-scale violence happens, there is often a hindsight sentiment that there was “something off” about the perpetrator. Has your child described any teachers, staff, or other students as being odd? Search their names in Spokeo. You may find they have a troubling past that’s worth bringing up to others.
If another student at school makes your child uncomfortable, teach your child tactful ways to keep his or her distance, and look up the other child’s parents in Spokeo. You can look up their social profiles and see whether they seem irresponsible, are weapons enthusiasts, or appear to be not very good influences for their children overall.
How to Protect Children From Predators
Teach them best practices for not talking to strangers. While we all want our children to be polite, it’s important to teach them which adult requests are acceptable and which are inappropriate. Make them understand that they don’t always have to say yes to adults, and how to tactfully say no and walk away from people who make them uncomfortable.
Online platforms provide an easy way for predators to anonymously interact with children. Predators often pose as fellow children to gain your child’s (and your) trust, so teach your kids what online requests–like asking for photos, your address, and school location–are inappropriate, and how to handle them.
If someone is contacting your child directly—whether on a gaming platform, in online comments sections, social media channels, texting, or online forums—you have a right to know who it is. And you can find out–including their true age and location–with a reverse username search. If the person has criminal records, you can find those too.
If someone has been texting your child, you can run a reverse phone lookup to find out who your child is talking to, and whether there are any red flags like inappropriate age or past arrests to be aware of.
How to Protect Children from Cyberbullies
Cyberbullying allows bullies to hide behind the anonymity of abusing others behind the safety of a screen. However, you can learn who is behind the username(s) harassing your child online again with a username search. You can also find contact information, so you can identify the harasser and open up a dialogue to improve the situation. If the perpetrator is underage, you can contact their parents to alert them to their child’s behavior.
If you suspect you know who may be bullying your child, you can run a name search in Spokeo to find out what websites they have accounts with, and what usernames they often use.