In the time of Internet it’s so easy to communicate with anyone anywhere in the world at any time. As our lives became easier this way, and so did the lives of the predators. It’s easy now to hide their identity and sneak around our kids to get them to do whatever fulfills their sick abusive desires.
In the following few lines you’ll read about some approaches used by the predators as well as about how to protect your kids.
One of the most famous approaches is empathy. Usually the victim is a teenager who, due to the continuous struggle with adults’ authority, believes that no body understands or cares about him/her. The predator, who tries to communicate with such kids in chat rooms, interactive games, or on social media after school hours, gives a listening ear to this kid.
In some cases the kids prefer to be unsafe and abused with such a stranger than being safe with their parents. After building rapport with the victim through empathy and offering help with things like homework or providing restricted material, the predator prepares for physical contact with the victim, and the rest is the history repeating itself.
That was one scenario. Sometimes the predator doesn’t need to go through all of this. They pick the victim from social media, know where they are because of some posts or wrong profile privacy settings, and just follow them until they have the chance.
In other cases the predators recruit kids and teenagers to do some illegal stuff for them using some information they gathered about them from their online activity to blackmail them into child pornography, hate crimes, spying on their parents, or distributing illegal drugs.
The examples are plenty, and the best way to protect our kids is to fill that emotional gap ourselves before someone else does in a way that we don’t like.