There are over 10 million teens on Facebook in the United States, many of whom post basic personal information, with only a handful of traditional kidnapping incidents resulting from that.Still, there are some very basic and important safety measures parents should make sure their children put in place.These are criminal seductions that take advantage of teenage vulnerabilities.Again, parents need to know if their teen is a likely target.Several years ago a man was convicted of blackmailing several young girls to perform degrading sexual acts for him.He would pose as a teenage girl online, trying to get girls to do something embarrassing in front of their webcams.Stories about this offer parents great opportunities to teach their children valuable lessons. And eventually, he drove across several states to meet her for sex on several occasions in motel rooms.The vast majority of predation cases that start online fit into this category. David Finkelhor from the Crimes Against Children Research Center spoke about a typical predation case for the Internet Caucus Advisory Committee: So for example, Jenna—this is a pretty typical case—13-year-old girl from a divorced family, frequented sex-oriented chat rooms, had the screen name, ‘Evil Girl.’ There she met a guy who, after a number of conversations, admitted he was 45. When he was arrested in her company, she was reluctant to cooperate with law enforcement authorities.
Knowing the truth could save your children from the dangers they face in the online world.In nearly three-quarters of the cases, victims met with their offender offline more than once, and in a quarter of the cases victims ran away to be with their offender.These statistics tell us that the majority of predation cases are actually examples of statutory rape.Teens most at risk are those who use the Internet to express an interest in sex or portray a sexy image.While it is normal for teens to be curious about sexuality and seek affirmation from others, for some this can become a secret obsession.
He would then use recordings of their compromising acts to blackmail the girls to do more sexually explicit things for him.