Raising kids has always been tough, but raising kids in today’s digital era is turning into a nightmare for many parents.
Recently, when we read about how a simple outing with a Facebook friend turned into the worst possible evening for a 13-year-old girl, we couldn’t stop ourselves from sharing it with our readers.
As per the TOI, the teenager met a youth on Facebook after he had sent her a friend request. They started chatting and stayed in touch with each other for over a year. During this time, he got friendly and promised to marry the girl.
Being unaware of what future held for her, she continued believing each and every word of this boy.
Hence, when he asked her to meet him last week, she agreed.
In order to meet the boy, the girl made an excuse to her parents that she was going for her tuitions. But, rather she met the teenager boy near Daryaganj. Being unaware of his intentions, she agreed to boy’s offer to go for a drive.
However, during the drive, he took a turn towards the national highway and drove to Meerut.
Realising his true intentions, the girl protested. But, by that time it was too late.
She was held captive in a hotel room in Meerut, where multiple men took turns to rape her.
After two days, she got lucky and got a chance to escape. When the accused left the hotel door unbolted, the teenager gathered her courage and ran away. She reached Delhi and shared her traumatic story with the police. After listening to her, the police tracked down the main suspect and arrested him. But, the other men are still on run.
The Big Parenting Challenge Ahead!
We are wondering how keeping our kids safe in this digital world is turning into the biggest parenting challenge.
Like us, if you feel that your kids are safe because they aren’t on social media, then you would be shocked to know that 1,08,00,00,000 web pages turn up in google results when you search -“how to be on social media without parents knowing”
So, the solution doesn’t lie only in keeping our kids away from Social Media. But in building awareness among our kids about the probable dangers or risks of social media.
Rather than shying away, we need to talk about these stories with our kids. It’s important for them to be aware of how and what could happen if they don’t stay vigilant in today’s digital world.
Be vigilant all time – It’s always better to be Safe than Sorry!
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