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Following yesterday’s story about children as young as four years old owning mobile phones, there are now fresh concerns for youngsters going back to school and becoming victims of cyber-bullying, sexting and sextortion. Perhaps the best option to avoid these threats is selling mobile phone and letting your child go without.

Parents may be aware of issues such as cyber-bullying and sexting, with their children either receiving cruel messages from other children or participating in steamy conversations with peers, but a new concern has been sweeping worried parents – sextortion.

Earlier this month, the AP ran a story on the new phenomenon in which teens who “text nude cell phone photos of themselves or show off their bodies on the Internet are being contacted by pornographers who threaten to expose their behavior to friends and family unless they pose for more explicit porn, creating a vicious cycle of exploitation.”

Media outlets are warning parents that it is important to look out for signs that something might be wrong. Whether you see a change in your child’s attitude, or they are acting suspicious, it is best to be cautious. And if you are unable to monitor and screen their calls and texts, perhaps it is best to confiscate and get cash for mobile. You may be the target of hate when your child is phoneless but if their safety is intact perhaps it’s not the worst thing in the world.




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