“The pool as you can say is much bigger with the kids being out of school. So the predators have more prey to prey on,” Kaufman said.
That's why Kaufman said parents need to be aware of what apps their kids are using, especially any apps that allow messaging.
He said often, predators try to get kids to send explicit photos and, once they have the photos, will blackmail them for more or even try to meet them in person.
He recommends educating children about the dangers and setting the restrictions to the strictest possible settings.
And, Kaufman said, most importantly, supervise your children while they’re online. Also, he said, let your kids know they aren’t doing anything wrong if someone is trying to extort them for photos so they won’t be reluctant to report it to someone they trust.