People from all walks of life and all kinds of backgrounds fall victim to online bullying and cybercrime, but studies have shown that those with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more susceptible to online threats than others.
ASD is a developmental disorder that affects behavior and communication. People on the Autism Spectrum tend to live a relatively normal life but can need supervision and lack judgement – a trait that has been identified as dangerous when left to their own devices in cyberspace.
Not only are ASD children and adults at risk from others, but they can also develop compulsive online habits and internet addictions, and can be more deeply affected by exposure to inappropriate content.
Everyone should feel safe online. It’s therefore extremely important to make sure you have adequate online security and remain internet vigilant.
To help you surf with ease and reduce your vulnerability to attack, take a look at our Internet Safety Guide for people with ASD. (Share on Facebook)
Table of Content:
- 01 Cyberbullying
- 02 Understanding the Context of Online Messages
- 03 Becoming a Victim of a Scam, Manipulation or Hacking
- 04 Exposure to Inappropriate Content
- 05 Sensory Overload on the Internet
- 06 Internet Addiction
- 07 How to Protect Yourself on Popular Social Networks
- 08 Online Dating and ASD
- 09 How to Tell if Someone is Who They Say They Are
- 10 Signs that Something Might be Wrong Online
- 11 Ways to Improve Your Child’s Internet Safety
- 12 Conclusion