15-year-old schoolgirl Lain Lerouge was star struck and developed a online relationship with what she thought was a professional footballer. The online and phone, relationship developed to the point where the supposed footballer asked her to send naked pictures of herself. Fortunately the girl noticed the area code for the London football start was coming from Birmingham rather than a London one. Lain eventually traced the Facebook account to an older girl who went to the same school as she did
Lain’s experience is by no means an isolated case. Campaigners warn that growing numbers of children and teenagers are being bullied or even lured into sexual exchanges through bogus online profiles. Some young people are becoming depressed, even suicidal after falling victim, according to a survey by the charity Beatbullying.
Richard Piggin, deputy chief executive of Beatbullying, said: “Young people have told us about this alarming trend of fake profiles being used on social networking platforms to cyber bully and to engage in sexual bullying.
A schoolboy who was found hanged behind his home was the victim of internet bullies, it has been claimed.
The UK Telegraph reports Joshua Unsworth, body was discovered on the on Thursday the 4th of April 2013
Joshua’s friends claimed on social networking sites that he had been bullied.
On the Facebook page RIP Josh Unsworth, Carys Haworth wrote: “reading through all these posts makes me want to cry so much, josh you never deserved what them bullies said and did to you, hope you’re much happier up there and i promise you, you’ll never be forgotten! rest in peace.”
Children of all ages are now getting mobile phones, partly for their own safety to be used in emergencies however that also brings it’s own risks and usability issues.
Kytephone is a free Android app that seeks to turn any Android handset into a child-friendly smartphone.
With Kytephone the parents can control the contacts, apps, and photo-sharing.
The online dashboard allows parents to see all activity made on the phone and also allows parents to track the smartphone in order to keep tabs on their child.
Kytephone is currently free it is expected that premium paid-for features will arrive in the near future.
With the internet on tablets, phones and PC’s it is increasingly difficult to monitor children’s online behavior as well the risks of stalking and cyber bulling are increasing.
The MiiPC is an Android-powered PC for children which allows parents to monitor and control what they are doing via a parental control mobile app.
The device comes with a mobile app to allow parents to setup allowed activities for different children in the house as well as monitor activity remotely.