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‘The Five Stages a Predator Follows’: former Police Cyber Crimes detective shares the typical MO of an online predator

In a new excerpt from former cyber crimes detective Brett Lee’s book; Screen Resolution, he shares the process followed by online predators when they select and groom a victim. Based upon his experience.

Predators use techniques designed to break through the defences of even the best-trained children, and unfortunately, the nature of technology provides the perfect environment for them to achieve this.

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VPN apps: what are they and why are teens now using them?

Tech savvy teens are now commonly using VPN technology for a variety of concerning reasons. So, what does VPN mean and how are teens using them illegally?

What is a VPN?

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) creates a secure connection between two devices, allowing the exchange of data or information to happen privately using the internet.

Today, VPN technology is widely used for other purposes - many of which are illegal. It’s also now used by teenagers for various reasons that are concerning parents and schools. Cyber Expert and Clinical Psychologist Jordan Foster from ySafe has identified the three most common reasons teens use VPNs. 

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Kik Messenger: a warning for parents

Popular messenger app Kik has increasingly come under fire recently due to widespread reports of child exploitation occurring via the app.

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What are our smartphones really costing us as parents?

When it comes to addictive behaviour around smartphones, does the apple really fall far from the tree?

Smartphones have put the world wide web literally into the palm of our hands, and that wealth of information, entertainment and connectivity has developed addictive behaviour in adults and kids alike.

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What is Sarahah? and how is it putting kids at risk?

A new app designed to provide businesses with an anonymous feedback platform for employees,  is now making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

We discuss with Cyber Experts Jordan Foster from ySafe, a Clinical Psychologist and Pete Brown, an IT Educator - why Sarahah is now being used by kids everywhere.

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Social Media: What is the right age to allow access?

One of the most common questions we receive at Family Zone is 'How old should my child be before I allow them to use Social Media?'

We sat down with three leading Cyber Experts who have all shared their opinions on what age they feel kids should be allowed access to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. 

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