If a child indicates frustration with parents or teachers at school, the predator might suggest the child's parents are way too strict or their teacher is being unfair.This plays right into the adolescent mind as they look for someone to validate their feelings.A 16 year old girl innocently posting a picture standing next to her new car in the driveway doesn’t realize she is also telling a potential predator what her car looks like, her license plate number, house address, etc.Once a predator Instant Messages or Chats with a victim and gains their trust they often send pornographic pictures via a chat session or e-mail and sometimes send gifts or a cell phone through the mail so calls or texts will not show up on a phone bill that parents will see.Internet searching for information will also provide many links and websites to help.*Disclaimer* The information on this site is distributed on an “As Is” basis, without warranty and is not intended to infringe on any copyrighted material or other author’s work product.Therefore, parents must be on guard to protect their families.There are many organizations and government agencies designed to assist parents with issues such as these.
A total of 58 people were victims of online dating-related crimes in those four years, some of them sexual. For context, in 2012 the area had an overall average of 243 sexual assaults and rapes every month.) Many apps offer a page of advice for safe dating.
With the presence of searchable user profiles when using Instant Messaging and Chat Rooms, as well as Social Networking profiles and even video hosting sites like You Tube, predators can easily find information about potential victims since many naive children reveal personal information with no regard for safety.
Even simple statements listed on a profile such as school attended, sport played, or even a jersey number can allow predators to target them.
But fake profiles abound, sexual predators use the sites, and some common online dating behavior—like meeting alone after scant acquaintance, sharing personal information, and using geolocation—puts users at risk.
Dating companies are being pushed to better protect users, but some seem reluctant to do more— or even to talk about whether there’s a problem.
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